2021 Elections: Focus on Virginia

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Long before we get to the 2022 midterms, we have work to do to flip seats THIS year. Continuing our look at elections happening this year, today we’re going to concentrate on the statewide elections in Virginia. Remember, whoever works harder to turn out their voters can win these seats.

Governor

Current Governor Ralph Northam (D) can’t run for re-election due to term limits, so this year the governorship is open. The Republicans have already nominated Glenn Youngkin as their candidate, and the Democrats will select their candidate at the June 8th primary. These are the 5 candidates.

Virginia is also holding elections for their Lt. Governor and Attorney General.

General Assembly

In 2017, right after Trump’s election, Democrats around the country were salivating at the chance to flip some seats and Virginia got a lot of that attention. And it made a huge difference. Prior to the 2017 election, the GOP had a 66-34 majority, but the energized Democratic based flipped more seats than had been flipped in over a century, and they narrowed the Republican majority to 51-49. In the 2019 elections, they successfully flipped the House and now have a 55-45 majority.

All 100 seats are up for re-election in 2021. This page has a full list of the candidates running in the primaries.

Local elections

Multiple cities will also have school board elections and a smattering of local government positions. I’ll add links to those as we learn more, or you can always look at a sample ballot by going to Vote411.

Info for VA voters

Primary: June 8
General election: November 2

How to register or confirm your voter registration: Link HERE

Absentee & early voting info: Link HERE

General election FAQ: Link HERE

How you can help

For those of you who live in Virginia, check out 15 Ways to Help a Campaign Win Their Election.

If you are farther away, there are several things you can do to help:

✦ Swing Left is focused on protecting Virginia’s blue trifecta. Click HERE to learn about various actions you can take to help!

✦ Sister District will also be paying attention on Virginia this year. Check out this page where they list Virginia as their 2021 target. Once the new district maps are drawn, they’ll spring into action. Sign up for their newsletter to stay on top of that news.

✦ Follow VA candidates on social media and share information about their campaigns on your accounts.

✦ Donate to their campaigns.

✦ Sign up as a volunteer on their campaign websites as they might have periodic tasks that supporters can do from afar.

✦ You can also support one of these organizations in Virginia that are focused on getting people registered to vote.

Thank you for taking action!


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