Election Day 2020 is turning out to be a critical race between the far right movement and the progressive agenda. As of today, the gubernatorial race between Terry MacAuliffe and Trump acolyte Glenn Youngkin (R) is neck and neck. Other races for state offices are similarly close, and all 100 seats are up for election this year.
The Human Rights Campaign has endorsed these 2021 Virginia candidates based on their progressive agendas and support for LGBTQ rights and issues:
- Terry McAuliffe for Governor
- Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor
- Mark Herring for Attorney General
- House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (HD-41)
- Wendy Gooditis (HD-10)
- Chris Hurst (HD-12)
- Danica Roem (HD-13)
- Kelly Convirs-Fowler (HD-21)
- Joshua Cole (HD-28)
- Dan Helmer (HD-40)
- Mark Sickles (HD-43)
- Michelle Maldonado (HD-50)
- Briana Sewell (HD-51)
- Katie Sponsler (HD-66)
- Delores McQuinn (HD-70)
- Rodney Willett (HD-73)
- Roslyn Tyler (HD-75)
- Nancy Guy (HD-83)
- Alex Askew (HD-85)
- Martha Mugler (HD-91)
- Shelly Simonds (HD-94)
- Candi Mundon King (HD-2)
- Elizabeth Guzman (HD-31)
- Dawn Adams (HD-66)
A complete list of candidates with their contact information and web sites is on the Virginia Department of Elections web site.
It’s vital that our community turn out the vote on Tuesday (or by October 30 if you’re voting early), and here are some tips for making that experience a smooth one.
Early voting for the November 2, 2021 election ends this Saturday, October 30, at your local registrar’s office. You can find your registrar’s phone number here.
For early in-person voting, do the following:
- Before visiting your local registrar’s office, you may wish to check your registration status or call your registrar’s office.
- You do not have to have a reason or fill out an application to vote early.
- At the registrar’s office or satellite voting location, you must provide your name and address and show an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID Confirmation Statement. To view a complete list of acceptable IDs, please visit our page. If acceptable identification is not provided, you must sign an ID Confirmation Statement or a provisional ballot will be offered and you are allowed until the Friday at noon following the election to provide a copy of acceptable identification to the electoral board or sign
an ID Confirmation Statement. Provisional voters receive a notice to remind them of the deadline and right to attend the electoral board meeting.
- Accessible equipment and/or curbside voting is available upon request.
Election Day Voting
Virginia law requires all voters to provide either an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID Confirmation Statement at the polls. Voters arriving at the polls without an acceptable form of ID will be required to either sign an ID Confirmation Statement or vote a provisional ballot.
If a voter votes a provisional ballot, they will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of identification to their locality’s electoral board or sign an ID Confirmation Statement in order for their provisional ballot to be counted. Please see below in Provisional Ballot Process for Voters Who Arrive Without Identification for more information on how the provisional ballot process will work for those arriving to the polls without ID.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can lookup your polling location here.
HRT To Provide Free Rides To The Polls On Election Day
If you need a ride to go vote in the upcoming Virginia elections, you can use Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) free of fares on Election Day.
The dropped fares start at the beginning of the transit day on Nov. 2 until the end. It applies to all of HRT’s bus, light rail, ferry and paratransit services across Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth and Chesapeake.
To find the nearest route, visit HRT’s website.