New Virginia laws seek to close ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

The near future of in-person schooling is uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Virginia students will return to a system where several penalties for misbehavior have been taken off the table.

How state political parties helped big money pay for this year’s elections

Applications for redistricting commission open Monday

Ayala, Guzmán champion equality, representation in lieutenant governor bid

Va. delegate proposes marijuana tax revenue be used for reparations

  Rep. Abigail Spanberger pushes for COVID-19 economic relief with Congress

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine calls President Trump’s actions dangerous

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“Democracy in Dark Times,”: UVA survey finds America dangerously polarized and partisan

  Mayor Stoney joins Virginia, Richmond Democrats in calling for resignation of city’s voter registrar

Blank ballot envelopes located after being stolen from business

New bill passed to protect Virginians from surprise medical bills

Virginia elections board votes to certify state results

With Northam’s signature, new eviction and utility cut-off protections take effect

With legalization on the table, medical marijuana producers push to loosen restrictions

As Virginia begins its first earnest conversations about legalizing recreational marijuana, the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry is just getting off the ground.

Virginia Latino voters excited for Biden presidency

The Latino vote went to different candidates around the nation, but in Virginia a majority of Latinos favored former Vice President Joe Biden and are hopeful he’ll reverse President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Virginia delays statewide certification of election results

Richmond General Registrar Kirk Showalter announced last week that COVID-19 cases were discovered there, and said the office will close until Friday out of an abundance of caution.

Delay in Presidential transition risks national security and national health, former Homeland Security Secretaries say

As President Donald Trump continues to hold out on conceding the election both publicly and behind the scenes, researchers say a slow transition could have serious consequences.

EXPLAINER: Why poll watcher complaints don’t amount to fraud

Mayor Stoney tweets he’s negative for COVID-19, continues to isolate

Va. professor causes uproar asking Biden voters to unfriend him

  Poll worker at Richmond voting precinct tests positive for COVID-19

11 positive COVID-19 cases confirmed at Richmond City Registrar; 20 in quarantine

US voters have spoken: What’s next to make it official?

Judge sues former GOP Senate candidate over debate claims

The suit claims Gade falsely accused the judge of being racist during a debate with Democratic incumbent Mark Warner.

U.S. Senator Kaine deeply disturbed President Trump will not concede to President-elect Joe Biden

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine weighed in on President Trump’s refusal to concede to President-elect Joe Biden Tuesday, saying the White House is undermining what should be a peaceful transfer of power.

  Decision 2020: The meaning behind ‘President-elect’

For decades news outlets have used the term to describe presidential winners, but there is nothing official about the term. Both Democrats and Republicans have usually described the person projected to win the most electoral votes this way, even shortly after Election Day.

Law ending searches based on marijuana odor takes effect March 2021

A law that will end police searches based on marijuana odor will take effect in March 2021 after lawmakers passed the legislation as part of a special session.

Spanberger says Democrats need to be more clear, outlines second term priorities

Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger narrowly won reelection in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District in a race closer than many predicted. That tight race, and lost races across the country, represent a larger issue affecting the Democratic Party as a whole, she says.

  Mayor Stoney, his office, and Registrar staff to quarantine after potential COVID-19 exposure

Kirk Showalter, General Registrar, announced that 90% of the staff at the Richmond City Registrar is under quarantine after three people tested positive for COVID-19.

2020 Latest: International observers see no fraud in US vote

The Latest on the presidential campaign.

Firecrackers and prayers as Indians celebrate Harris’ win

Overjoyed people set off firecrackers and offered prayers in the tiny Indian village that was the home of Kamala Harris' maternal grandfather.

  Biden seeks to move quickly and build out his administration

President-elect Joe Biden signaled on Sunday he plans to move quickly to build out his government, focusing first on the raging pandemic that will likely dominate the early days of his administration.

  ‘Tears were just flowing:’ Richmond NAACP president talks Kamala Harris’ historic win

For local social justice advocates, seeing the Biden-Harris ticket win the presidency was emotional.

Mexico, Brazil leaders silent as world congratulates Biden

There were two notable holdouts among the world leaders who rushed to congratulate Joe Biden on his victory in the U.S. elections: the leaders of Latin America’s two biggest countries, both of whom have been seen as friendly to President Donald Trump.

Bristol voters overwhelmingly approve gambling referendum

Voters in Bristol, Virginia overwhelmingly approved a referendum that allows casino gambling in the locality.

  Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger keeps US House seat

Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger has kept her seat in a competitive Virginia congressional race.

5 states OK measures eradicating racist language, symbols

Months of discussions about racial justice are being followed by change at the ballot box.

Virginia’s 11 U.S. House winners

Virginia’s 11 United States House seats were up for grabs this election season. Here are the winners from the Associated Press.

Va. Republican Amanda Chase pushes unfounded election fraud claims after arrests of armed supporters

State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, advanced unfounded allegations of widespread election fraud as she rallied support for her gubernatorial campaign Saturday outside the Virginia Department of Elections.

  Virginia voters react to Biden’s 2020 election victory

Joe Biden’s message since election night has been focused on calls for unity, but since news broke Saturday afternoon of the former vice president’s win in his home state of Pennsylvania, safely securing the presidency, there have been divisive ideological clashes among Trump supporters in Richmond.

Trump declines to concede election, future TBD

In the meantime, it remains unclear whether Trump will accept the results of the election or continue to contest them as he spends the next three months as a lame duck president.

  Virginia Democrats and Republicans respond to election of President-Elect Joe Biden

Once the race for the white house was called, the praise from top Virginia Biden supporters came rolling in.

  ‘This isn’t over!’: Trump supporters refuse to accept defeat

There have been no reports of anyone getting shot, and the laws in Arizona, Nevada and Michigan allow people to openly carry firearms in public.

Elation and Anger: Catharsis in the streets as election ends

Just after The Associated Press and other news organizations declared that former Vice President Joe Biden beat President Donald Trump, fireworks erupted in Atlanta.

What’s next? Saturday’s election verdict isn’t last step

Saturday’s election verdict isn’t the last step in selecting an American president. Under a system that’s been tweaked over two centuries, there is still a weekslong timeline during which the 538-member Electoral College picks the president.

Dance parties and champagne: celebrating election’s end

Just after The Associated Press and other news organizations declared that former Vice President Joe Biden beat President Donald Trump, fireworks erupted in Atlanta.

EXPLAINER: Why AP called Pennsylvania for Biden

The Associated Press declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of his native Pennsylvania at 11:25 a.m. EST.

Biden wins White House, vowing new direction for divided US

Democrat Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States.

Harris becomes first Black woman, South Asian elected VP

Kamala Harris is making history as the first Black woman elected vice president of the United States, shattering barriers that have kept men — almost all of them white — entrenched at the highest levels of American politics for more than two centuries.

Did social media actually counter election misinformation?

Ahead of the election, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube promised to clamp down on election misinformation, up to and including unsubstantiated charges of fraud and premature declarations of victory by candidates.

Trump faces tough road in getting Supreme Court to intervene

Facing the potential for narrow losses in multiple battlegrounds, President Donald Trump might have a tough time persuading the Supreme Court to take up his call to intervene and prevent Joe Biden from becoming president.

  Central Virginia voters await result of presidential election

As both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden battle to lead the nation, they have to have to wait on the results - along with the record number of voters who showed up to the polls or mailed in their ballots.

  Trump faces tough road in getting Supreme Court to intervene

Trump’s campaign and Republicans already are mounting legal challenges in several states, although most are small-scale lawsuits that do not appear to affect many votes.

Nevada becomes first state to protect same-sex marriage in state constitution

Nevada voters added four new amendments to the state constitution, including the right to same-sex marriage.

Election Results: Explore this interactive map for results of major races

As Election Day results begin to roll in, you’ll be able to interact with this map to check on multiple major races.

  Romney: Trump’s election fraud claim wrong, ‘reckless’

Trump, who has complained for weeks about mail-in ballots, escalated his allegations late Thursday, saying at the White House that the ballot-counting process is unfair and corrupt.

  Polls ahead of Election Day calling into question public policy decisions

Maybe not as bad as 2016, but it's raising questions about how those polls shape public policy.

N.C. first lady apologizes for comment on Trump supporters

North Carolina’s first lady has apologized after a screenshot of her saying she “flipped off” supporters of President Donald Trump during a rally in the state was circulated on social media.

Graham donates $500K to Trump legal defense over voting counts

Sen. Lindsey Graham, who just won reelection in Tuesday’s election, said he is donating a half-million dollars to President Donald Trump’s legal defense fund.

  How to manage stress from election fatigue

These days it seems politics have infused every facet of our society, including our personal lives, and a lot of that stress and anxiety may be triggered by family and friends.

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump fabricates election corruption

Citing “horror stories,” President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of fabricated accusations Thursday in an audacious attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S. election.

Northam signs new laws establishing ‘Marcus’ alert system, sentencing reform

Governor Ralph Northam signed new laws on Thursday that advance sentencing reform and establish a statewide ‘Marcus’ alert system.

  Candidate Alexsis Rodgers ends campaign; Levar Stoney declares victory in mayoral race

The Richmond Electoral Board Chairman says Mayor Levar Stoney has a substantial lead in 6 of 9 districts, and all signs indicate that he will win reelection. However, the race has not yet been called and those numbers need to be certified.

Several Richmond City Council district races still too close to call

Richmond voters appear to have reelected six incumbents to city council with three other districts still in close races.

Trump and allies spread falsehoods to cast doubt on election

The baseless allegations exploit public confusion over how elections are managed as Americans are looking for answers about the unfolding election results, misinformation experts say.

  Va. Dept. of Elections clears up misinformation about ‘counted votes’ on voter registration pages

The Virginia Department of Elections is trying to set the record straight after they’ve received a number calls and emails from voters about a viral social media effort urging voters to check and see if their vote was counted.

Car rally being held in Richmond to demand every vote is counted

The event will be hosted by multiple progressive organizations including New VA Majority and Progress VA.

Thousands of absentee ballots overlooked in Henrico on Election Day due to mislabeling

According to the Virginia Public Access Project, the 7th District, Henrico County has posted14,616 central absentee votes that were overlooked on election night.

Chesterfield and Lynchburg hadn’t backed a Democrat for president since 1948. Biden changed that.

Virginia came out of Election Day looking a little bluer and a little more polarized.

Democrats' Senate drive halted by GOP; key races undecided

Democrats had a disappointing night in the battle for Senate control, but it was too soon for Republicans to take a victory lap Wednesday, although they brushed back multiple challengers to protect their now teetering majority.

  Abigail Spanberger declares victory over Freitas in 7th Congressional District race

Democratic incumbent Abigail Spanberger has declared victory over Republican challenger Nick Freitas in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District race.

  Getting a pulse of the election at the ‘Pulse’ bus stop

The day after the election, NBC12 went around the City of Richmond asking people their thoughts on the election: take the pulse, at the Pulse if you will.

EXPLAINER: A day later, what is the US waiting for?

Anxious Americans woke up to election aftermath that has yet to deliver any clear answer.

Arizona officials dispute ‘ballot invalidation’ due to Sharpie concerns

In what has come to be known as #Sharpiegate, social media posts circulated Wednesday claiming election officials in Arizona’s Maricopa County provided voters with Sharpie pens that canceled out votes, specifically those for President Donald Trump.

Alabama approves bid to cut racist phrases from Constitution

Alabama voters have approved a measure that would begin the process of deleting racist language from the state’s 119-year-old constitution.

  Vote count and canvassing continues in Virginia

Following an election night like none other in the commonwealth, voter registrars in Virginia are working to finalize vote counts and double check them to give us a clearer picture of who won and who lost.

  Dems head toward House control, but GOP picks off seats

Though they seemed likely to retain House control, their performance was an unexpected disappointment for the party, which hoped for modest gains of perhaps 15 seats.

  Northern battlegrounds could hold key to Trump-Biden outcome

Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania could prove crucial in determining who wins the election.

Daniel Gade concedes to Mark Warner in race for U.S. Senate

Republican Daniel Gade has conceded to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia in the race for U.S. Senate.

World waits nervously, impatiently for US election result

Government leaders scrambled to digest the delay and ordinary people swapped views, hopes and fears on feeds and phones.

Democrat Elaine Luria holds on to US House seat in Virginia

Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria has held on to her seat in a Virginia congressional district that includes suburban and rural areas and the world’s largest naval base.