Nov 7th: Eight on the Ballot
Election Day is November 7, 2017 and we will be electing 8 people to represent us here in Newport News and Hampton! These 8 people will make decisions that impact our lives on issues like criminal justice, education, healthcare, mental health, women’s rights, and voting rights. Make sure you know the responsibilities of each of these 8 individuals!
- Signs bills so that they become laws by July 1st of that year or sooner
- Vetoes bills to prevent them from becoming laws
- Has the power to restore rights (more on that later this week)
- Lieutenant Governor
- Breaks ties in the Senate
- Presides over the Senate
- Attorney General
- Lawyer for the state, represents the state for all legal matters
- Write & pass bills
- Elect judges
- Help create and pass the state budget
- Leads the jails and works to assist with re-entry and lower recidivism
- Commonwealth’s Attorney
- Decides which cases the state will prosecute
- Works very closely with the Attorney General
- Manages money for the city
- Commissioner of the Revenue
- Handles the city’s taxes
- Issues business licenses
As you can see all 8 of these positions impact us in many ways. Make sure you have a say in who these people are! To see who is on your ballot specifically, check your Citizen Portal. Polls are open from 6am-7pm on Election Day, November 7, 2017.
The countdown to Election Day is on!! Tomorrow we will begin our 7 day countdown! Each day we’ll post pertinent information to make sure you all are well prepared for Election Day!
Today we just want to prime you with a reminder about voting Absentee by Mail. There are a host of reasons that make you eligible to vote absentee including: working military status, disability or illness, conducting business outside of your locality, working and/or commuting for more than 11 hours between the hours of 6 am and 7 pm, taking a vacation outside of your place of residence, and being a student at a university away from your home. (See below for the eligible reasons!)
Tomorrow, October 31st, is the deadline to request an Absentee Ballot by mail.
You may fill out a paper application or submit one online!
See the link for more info: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/
We’re Having a BLOC Party!
We teamed up with the Young VA Votes Center and we’re having a BLOC party in the parking lot in from of the center at 12448 Warwick Blvd, near Todd Stadium, beside Asian Grill. We hope to see you there! We’ll have games, music, food, Halloween candy, and most importantly, we’ll have the information you need to get ready for Election Day on November 7th! Don’t get tricked this election, make sure you’re ready!
See you Friday!
Looking for something fun and meaningful to do?
Want to help us empower YOUR community??
Then come join us in spreading information about the election!!
We’ll be canvassing now through Election Day!
We also need volunteers ON Election Day! Polls are open on November 7th from 6am-7pm. If you can volunteer at all between those times, please let us know!
The election is right around the corner and we need your help passing out important voter information! To sign up, click here to email Cameron!
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and our youth are taking a stand. This summer we worked with amazing young people from Newport News Public Schools for the SPARK Extension Program. We co-hosted YOLO Camp with Ivy Baptist Church.
During the camp, we held “Advocacy Day” and invited guests came to meet with the students and hear their concerns from their perspective. There, Jennifer Smith of J. Smith Enterprises gave us permission to hang our posters in some of her McDonald’s locations on the Peninsula! It was so exciting for the youth to see that adults cared about their concerns and wanted to help. At the culminating event in August, the youth designed four posters to help prevent bullying as part of their advocacy action plan. The students carefully and thoughtfully made the posters and we made copies and got them laminated.
They have been posted and can be seen at the following locations:
- Ft. Eustis #5069: 15480 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23608
- Denbigh #1750: 417 Denbigh Blvd, Newport News, VA 23602
- Oyster Point #4782: 12105 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23602
- Hidenwood #13782: 12487 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23606
- J. Clyde #3308: 652 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
- Big Bethel #11771: 1196 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, VA 23666
- Aberdeen #5799: 601 Aberdeen Road, Hampton, VA 23661
- 26th Street #6983: 2601 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607
According to 2014 national statistics, 28% of students in grades 6-12 experienced bullying and 20% of students in grades 9-12 experienced it. Also, about 30% of young people admit to bullying others. 70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools, but only about 20-30% notified adults about the bullying. When bystanders intervened, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time. Most bullying takes place in school, outside on school grounds, and on the school bus.
The data shows we have some work to do so that each student can have a productive, nurturing, and successful educational experience! Thank you to the students of SPARK YOLO Camp for taking a stand against bullying!
For more from the camp experience, go to #YOLOSPARK17 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
In order to vote in the November 7, 2017 General Elections in Virginia, you must be registered to vote by today! If you have a valid Virginia ID (state issued ID or driver’s license) you can go online RIGHT NOW to vote.virginia.gov and register to vote! The deadline for online voter registrations is TODAY by 11:59pm.
If you have an out-of-state license but live in Virginia and need to register, you can go to your local registrar’s office and register TODAY by 5:00pm.
In Newport News and Hampton, we are electing EIGHT positions on Election Day. Don’t sit this one out. It’s too important. Your voice matter and your vote matters but you must be registered in order to cast your vote.
Please call or text us at 757-751-9081 if you have any questions!
Today, we dropped off 700 of the 2800 books we collected this year for the #GiftOfReading book drive for local jails. We gave them to the Newport News Sheriff’s Office, under the leadership of Sheriff Gabe Morgan! Thank you again to all who donated to our book drives this year, your donations are making a real difference! Stay tuned for our additional drop offs!
Take a look at the article the Daily Press did on the book drive!
Photo Cred: NNSO