Protect reproductive freedom in Virginia. Keep Cooch out of yours!
Senator Jim Webb
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Senator Mark Warner
John Warner, former United States Senator (1979-2008)
George McCaca Allen, former United States Senator (2001-2006)
- Where to vote
- State Board of Elections
- Proposal for State Legislative Districts
- Proposed maps for legislative districts
- Depriving citizens of their representation in government
- In the 21st century, Virginia still violates voting rights. (Read explanations from George Loper and the Washington Post.)
- A special election to fill an unexpired State Senate term is being held in a district somewhat different from the one that elected the late senator. Residents in two counties will be completely disenfranchised, because their votes will be transferred to other counties that are already represented by a senator. Here's what happened:
- In 1999, Emily Couric (older sister of Katie Couric of NBC News) was elected to a four-year term in the Virginia State Senate from the 25th district, which included Greene, Madison, Albemarle, and Nelson counties, along with the city of Charlottesville and small parts of Orange and Rappahannock counties.
- In the same 1999 election, Bo Trumbo was elected to a four-year term in the Virginia State Senate from the 22nd district, which included Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt, Craig, and Giles counties.
- In mid-2001, a reapportionment act mapped a new 25th district, with the first election under the new boundaries to be held in 2003. The new district added Alleghany and Bath counties, as well as the city of Covington -- but excluded Greene and Madison counties, along with portions of Albemarle, Orange, and Rappahannock counties.
- In October 2001, Sen. Emily Couric died with two years left in her term, leaving her constituents (Madison, Greene, Albemarle, and Nelson counties, plus Charlottesville, etc.) without representation.
- On 10 November 2001, at a special convention to fill the vacancy, the so-called Democratic party nominated Del. Creigh Deeds of Bath County, who was then one of Sen. Trumbo's constituents and was never one of Sen. Couric's.
- On 18 December 2001, Creigh Deeds was elected to the State Senate within the lines of the new 25th district. Sen. Couric's constituents in Greene, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock counties, along with those in western Albemarle County, were not allowed to participate in the election. As a result, no senator won election in their communities for another two years.
- In December 2001, the State Senate staff did not answer the question of where an election to fill the seat of Sen. Madison Marye would be held, if he failed to complete his term.
- After Sen. Marye resigned in July 2002, Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore disenfranchised all of Marye's constituents, handing the seat to people 200 miles away who elected other senators in 1999.
- This fluke is typical of what can be expected when an overworked, understaffed state legislature rushes through legislation to conform to an antiquated schedule.
- George Loper article
- Washington Post article
- Discussions about the implications for elections and Virginia politics.
- Protect Virginia's mountains and streams.
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Letters from Commonwealth of Virginia
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
Office of the Attorney General
March 13, 1997
I have been asked to respond to your electronic mail of February 17, 1997 concerning enforcement of Code § 18.2-361A. This office does not compile information that would answer your questions. I am aware of a report that the State Police produces annually that details the incidence of crimes in the Commonwealth, and much of the information you seek may be available from that agency. You may reach the State Police by writing to the Richmond headquarters at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, Virginia 23235. Statistical compilations concerning persons committed to the Department of Corrections may be available from that Department, located at 6900 Atmore Drive, P.O. Box 26963, Richmond, Virginia 23261.
Very truly yours,
Robert Q. Harris
Assistant Attorney General
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATE POLICE
P.O. BOX 27472, RICHMOND, VA 23261-7472
April 22, 1997
This is in response to your recent letter requesting statistical information about arrests and convictions of offenses under the provisions of §18.2-361.A, of the Code of Virginia.
Unfortunately, we do not have the data you are seeking. The Uniform Crime Reporting section of our Records Management Division collects Part I offenses and Part I and II arrests from local and state law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth. At the present time; however, the offense of sodomy is not captured as a separate category.
A change in the reporting of crime will occur in the future. By 1999, agencies will have converted to the Incident Based Reporting (IBR) system. Under the IBR system, sodomy will be an offense which is reported. At that time, we will collect statistical data on offenses and arrests, but information on convictions or dispositions will not be captured.
We regret that we are unable to assist you with your research by providing the specific data you needed.
If we may be of further assistance, please contact the Records Management Division at (804) 674-2023.
M. Wayne Huggins
The Department of Corrections did not respond to a written request for information.
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