**Updated Voter Info**

We will come to your organization or place of worship to present information on Voter Education prior to Election Day!  Call VA BLOC Director Marcia Price at 757-751-9081 or email her at MPrice@VA-BLOC.org if you have any questions or want to schedule a time.

Your vote DOES matter!

DID YOU KNOW? At any given time, there are at least 15 elected officials that make decisions about your everyday life.  You have a say in who they are!

Election Day is November 8, 2016

Polling places will be open from 6am-7pm on Election Day

Important Remaining Deadlines for Virginia Voters for November 8th General & Special Elections:

  1. The deadline to request an Absentee Ballot by mail is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1st.
  2. The deadline to vote in-person Absentee is 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5th.

What’s On Your Ballot?

  • President
  • US House of Representatives (Congress)
  • 1st Senatorial District – Special Election – not everyone, just the people who live in the 1st Senate District
  • 93rd House District – Special Election – not everyone, just the people who live in the 93rd House District
  • 2 Proposed Amendments to the VA State Constitution
    • Proposed Constitutional Amendment Question 1: Right to Work
      • According to VA AFL-CIO – “Our constitution was designed to protect the rights of the citizens of the commonwealth. Amendment 1, however, is designed by a handful of powerful corporate interests to silence the voices of hardworking Virginians. It is unnecessary, wastes taxpayer money and would be nearly impossible to reverse. Amendment 1has no place in the Virginia constitution.  Priorities matter, and for the lawmakers behind this scheme, it’s clear they don’t have Virginia’s best interests at the top of their list. We need policies that put our families first, protect workers and help strengthen our communities. It’s time to protect Virginia’s constitution and our working families.” http://www.va-aflcio.org/news/downloads-materials
      • We urge a “NO” vote for Proposed Amendment Question 1.
    • Proposed Constitutional Amendment Question 2: First Responders
      • This amendment would allow a tax exemption for surviving spouses of first responders who have died in the line of duty.

Websites for More Information:

  • Citizen Portal on Department of Elections Website    
    • Log in to see your information, including: name, address, registration status, polling/precinct location, districts, and ballot info
    • Request an absentee ballot inside of your portal
    • Click on “Register” if you need to submit a new registration.
      • If you register after 11:59pm on Friday, October 21st – your registration is valid but not in time to vote on November 8th; however, you can  vote in future elections!
  • Rides to the Polls on Election Day!
    • Yellow Cab will give senior citizens free rides to the polls November 8th in Hampton and Newport News. The offer is open to any registered voter over 60 who doesn’t have their own transportation to the polls. Those interested should call the Peninsula Agency on Aging at(757) 873-0541 by noon on November 7th. The agency will ask for a telephone number, pickup address, voting location and requested pickup time. Depending on demand, pickup times may be shuffled, and riders may need to share a cab. Or visit this website: http://www.appacab.us/free-rides-polls-seniors/
  • Restoration of Rights Information               
    • The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website can be used to find your status of a previous application for restoration of rights, to update information since your application, or to submit a new application/request for restoration of rights.
    • You can go to restore.virginia.gov to request your rights be restored or to check the status of your request.
    • If you have any issue you can contact Revive My Vote at (844) 932-8683 for help with your restoration of rights process. Thank you William & Mary Law Students for your hard work on this initiative!
  • Valid Photo ID for Voting
    • Click here for a list of valid Photo IDs that you can use on Election Day to cast your ballot.
    • If you do not have a valid Photo ID, click here to apply for a FREE Voter ID.
  • Who Is my Legislator?                                               
    • Enter your address and a map will appear, letting you know your House of Delegates District and Delegate, Senatorial District and Senator, Congressional District and Representative, and two US Senators with their contact information.  

updated 10/22/16

NEW EVENTS TODAY & FRIDAY!

New Virginia Voter Registration Deadline: Friday October 21st 11:59pm
To register: www.tinyurl.com/VACitizenPortal
For more info: www.tinyurl.com/VABLOCVoterInfo

In light of the voter registration deadline extension, VA BLOC will be out Thursday and Friday helping people get registered to vote, learn about their ballot, request an absentee ballot, and request their rights be restored. See us at any of these locations!

TODAY!!!!  Thursday, October 20th
-McDonald’s on Big Bethel 4p-6p
-McDonald’s near Denbigh/Jefferson 4p-6p
-McDonald’s on J.Clyde Morris Blvd 4p-6p
Wing Bistro Chicken and Waffles 530p-830p
Your Vote DOES Matter event @ YH Thomas Community Center 7pm-8pm

Friday, October 21st (DEADLINE IS BY 11:59PM)
8:30am-10:30am
-McDonald’s on Aberdeen
-McDonald’s on 26th/Jefferson
-McDonald’s on Mercury near Coliseum Dr.

11:00am-2:00pm
-McDonald’s on 26th/Jefferson
-McDonald’s on Oyster Pt/Jefferson

11:00am – 3:45pm  Newport News Hampton Roads Transit Bus Transfer Center

4:00pm-6:00pm Wing Bistro Chicken & Waffles

4:00pm-6:00pm Queens Way Soul Cafe

We’ll see you at our Around the BLOC Tour stops!

Thank you J. Smith Enterprises, Wing Bistro Chicken and Waffles, and Social Workers for Change for partnering with us to make sure all of our voices are heard on Election Day – November 8th!

Can you answer these questions?

Can you answer these questions:

  • Is my voter status “active”?
  • Does my Photo ID name and address match the voter file?
  • What other types of ID are accepted than a driver’s license?
  • Where do I go to vote now that I’ve moved?
  • What times can I vote?
  • Am I eligible to vote absentee by mail and in-person absentee?
  • DO I KNOW WHAT’S ON MY BALLOT?
  • Do I know what the candidates’ stances are on the issues?
  • Am I familiar with the TWO ballot initiatives and how they affect my life?
  • Am I educated on these topics enough to help educate others?
  • Does my vote really matter?
  • Do I need to register to vote or update my information?
  • Do I need to request for my rights to be restored?

We can help with these questions and MORE!

Even if you’re all set, can you say the same for your family, friends, coworkers, members of your faith community, members of your fraternity/sorority, etc.? Help spread the word about the events. We ALL need to be ready for November 8th!

These events are free and open to the public!

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