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Senate Joint Resolution No. 352 on Redistricting
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Creigh Deeds

Redistricting is a contentious issue in United States and Virginia politics. There is always the possibility that the majority party will redraw voting district lines so that they will be more likely to remain in political power. This amendment to…

Gerrymander Jeremiads,

John Goolrick

John Goolrick covered state politics for nearly 30 years. Since then he has worked as an aide to four members of Congress--Rep. French Slaughter, Rep. George Allen, Rep. Herbert Bateman and now Rep. Jo Ann Davis. The opinions expressed in this column…

About the Republican Party of Virginia,

Jeff Frederick, Chairman, Republican Party of Virginia

A brief excerpt from the Republican Party of Virginia's website offers a glimpse of how the modern two-party political system works. Written in the context of the…

U.S. Supreme Court: Loving v. Virginia,

Chief Justice Warren, U.S. Supreme Court

The Loving v. Virginia case was a landmark in both Virginia history and the Civil Rights movement. At the time of the case, interracial marriage was illegal in Virginia (and many other states). In this document, Chief Justice Earl Warren…

Voters' Rights and Responsibilities,

Virginia State Board of Elections

Every Virginia voter has specific rights and responsibilities guaranteed by the state. These rights and responsibilities are posted on the walls surrounding all polling places during every election.

Why do citizens have "rights and…

State Recognition of Indian Tribes,

Virginia Council on Indians

The Virginia Council on Indians is responsible for determining whether a tribe meets the criteria for state recognition. Currently, there are eight state-recognized tribes. Tribal recognition grants rights relating to self-government and financial…

Electronic Ballot Demonstration,

Arlington County Office of Voter Registration

One voting method is through an electronic system, which is demonstrated in this item. Other methods include filing in a paper ballot or using a punch card machine. Each method has different advantages and potential problems. State and local voting…

Students Celebrate Arbor Day by Planting Trees on Mined Land,

Mike Abbott

Reforestation is an important part of cutting down on carbon emissions. Trees help absorb carbon from the atmosphere. This document describes a cooperative effort between students, Virginia government, and mining companies to reforest land that had…