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Virginia Constitution, 1864,

Virginia General Assembly

Virginia signed its first constitution in 1776 upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Since that time, there have been frequent amendments and six major revisions to the constitution: 1830, 1851, 1864, 1870, 1902, and 1971. Our current…

Virginia Voter Registration,

Virginia State Board of Elections

The Virginia State Board of Elections publishes voter registration information. Eligible citizens can use this site to register to vote, and get involved in the political process. Even those who can’t vote may use this website as a way to encourage friends of family members to vote.

Rock the Vote,

Rock the Vote

Founded nearly twenty years ago, Rock the Vote works to involve students in the electoral process through many methods, including contemporary music, with artists ranging from Madonna to Snoop Dogg. There are also guides to voter registration campaigns, and even a Twitter feed. In addition, the website offers guides on how to mobilize young voters. Rock the Vote has remarkably flexible materials to involve youth in the electoral process at the state, national, or local level.

The Gerry-Mander,

Elkanah Tisdale

In 1812, Jeffersonian Republicans forced through the Massachusetts legislature a bill rearranging district lines to assure them an advantage in the upcoming senatorial elections. Although Governor Elbridge Gerry had only reluctantly signed the law, a…

Voter Turnout, 1948-2004,

American National Election Studies

The above graph of voter turnout from 1948 to 2004 shows interesting an interesting, up-and-down trend, which raises important questions. How does voter turnout correspond to presidential versus non-presidential elections? Are some elections more…

State of the Commonwealth Address, 2008,

Timothy Kaine

Each year, Virginia's governor issues a "State of the Commonwealth" address that is similar to the President's "State of the Union" address. In his 2008 speech, Governor Timothy Kaine outlines important projects, legislation, and growth opportunities…

C-SPAN: The Youth Vote,

David Burstein

Most young people don't vote. In 2004, only 37% of eligible voters aged 18-24 voted. That was a dramatic 11% increase from 2000. In this video, Producer David Burstein discusses the issues of voter turnout among youth, which range from money to…

C-SPAN: Voter Focus Groups,

C-SPAN, Peter Hart

In this video, Democratic pollster Peter Hart discusses the importance of voter focus groups in understanding an election. As he puts it, to make sense of an election, "You have to understand as…

Rock the Vote: What's your excuse?,

UC Berkeley's Asian Political Association

Voting is every citizen's right, responsibility, and civic duty. Yet many people don't vote, for any number of reasons. In this "Rock the Vote" video, UC Berkeley's Asian Political Association addresses why many people say they don't vote.

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…