Nov. 7th: EIGHT on the Ballot

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!

  • Governor
    • 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
  • Delegates
    • Write & pass bills
    • Elect judges
    • Help create and pass the state budget
  • Sheriff
    • 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
  • Treasurer
    • 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.


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