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2020 Virginia Beach Elections Voter Information & Resources

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, but much of the voting this year is happening before then.  A great deal of information about voting is available at the website of the Virginia Beach Department of Voter Registration… Continue Reading

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2020 Virginia Beach Ballot Overview

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following information is based upon a sample ballot guide available from the Virginia Beach Department of Voter Registration & Elections. U.S. President & Vice President [Vote for one] • Joseph R. Biden, president, and… Continue Reading

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Notebook: The right (official) contacts for voting; online nonsense about the Postal Service; some endorsements

Ed. — This initially appeared in print in the Sunday, Aug. 23 edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — In a recent edition, Notebook wrote about confusion caused when a nonprofit group called the Center for Voter Information sent mailers offering… Continue Reading

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Grand jury indicts former School Board candidate on charges related to alleged election fraud

Ed. — From the Sunday, Sept. 20, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — A grand jury has indicted a former Virginia Beach School Board candidate on charges of alleged election fraud and filing a forged document. Justin Burns, a… Continue Reading

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In Virginia Beach, questions remain about political activities by nonprofit ‘teachers’ group

Ed. — This story appeared in the Friday, Nov. 29, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Weeks after Election Day, questions remain about the political activities and policy goals of a nonprofit organization that quietly was formed by a… Continue Reading

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Group claiming to represent educators makes surprise endorsements, raising questions about its political advocacy; commonwealth’s attorney reviewing complaint

Ed. — This story originally appeared in the Friday, Nov. 15, print edition. The VBTA has not responded to requests for information detailed below. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Early on Election Day, state Del. Barry Knight, R-81st District, drove… Continue Reading

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Missed reports add up to huge penalties for short-lived campaign that raised, but never spent, only $200

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Kerry Reynolds decided to run for the Lynnhaven District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council last year.  Reynolds, a city employee, had a straightforward goal.  “Do some good things,” he said.  But that… Continue Reading

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Voting district or ballot question? The Virginia Beach registrar — and local parties — are happy to help

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Dave Belote, chair of the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee, is among the local elections and political party officials who encounter voters who sometimes do not know what state legislative district they live within. Belote said… Continue Reading

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Creeds polling location moves to Oak Grove Baptist; boundary shift between Oceana, Red Wing precincts

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The City Council voted this past month to move the Creeds polling location from the firehouse to Oak Grove Baptist Church, 691 Princess Anne Road, and approved a boundary shift between the Oceana and Red… Continue Reading

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How many signatures does anti-light rail extension effort need for referendum?

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – John Atkinson, the city treasurer who launched a grassroots effort to stop light rail from expanding to Town Center, gathered supporters at City Hall this past month to stress a message made clear by the… Continue Reading