Do you have to make up for the Virginia elections in 2021? Here’s the latest
RICHMOND, Virginia (WRIC) – Virginia will be in the national political spotlight in 2021 with a competitive gubernatorial race that will serve as the guiding star for next year’s midterm elections.
Polls suggest Virginia will host the most competitive national elections this year. New Jersey is the only other state in the U.S. holding a statewide election in 2021, but polls show a much closer race for governor in Virginia.
With more attention paid to Virginia’s elections, 8News will provide updates until the elections are over. Here are a few from this week:
Youngkin calls for Loudoun County School Board investigation
At a campaign rally in Fairfax County Tuesday, Youngkin called for an “immediate investigation” by the Loudoun County School Board into allegations of sexual assault against a student in the district.
A student is charged with two suspected sexual assaults reported in two different schools in the school district within five months. According to Loudoun County’s Commonwealth Attorney. The father of one of the students who said they were sexually abused alleged that he was first informed that the incident was being handled within the school and not within the police, an allegation the school has rejected.
In a civil lawsuit against the department, the father also alleged that the first alleged sexual assault in a girls’ bathroom by a “gender fluid” student in a skirt took place.
Republicans have targeted a new law Removal of the mandate for school principals to report certain crimes, including sexual abuse, to the authorities. A new state law requiring local schools to introduce minimum standards to protect transgender students was also put to the test in the wake of the allegations.
“I call for an immediate investigation by the Loudoun County School Board into your gross negligence,” Youngkin told the cheering crowd. “You had a duty of care and you failed.” Youngkin added that if elected, he would try to get every school in Virginia to have a school resource officer on their campus.
“Very serious problem. Law enforcement agencies need to get their job done and fully investigate, ”McAuliffe told 8News on Wednesday. “You know, he [Youngkin] must keep politics out of such situations. ”
Heavy thugs come out to aid and blunt Virginia candidates
Prominent campaign surrogates have already appeared across the Commonwealth and will continue to do so in the days leading up to Election Day in an effort to build excitement for the candidates.
President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Jill Biden each picked former Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) as he competed against Republican Glenn Youngkin in the race for Governor of Virginia. Former President Barack Obama, featured in a new McAuliffe campaign ad, will stumble for the former Virginia Commonwealth University governor this weekend.
Former President Donald Trump, who backed Youngkin, has spoken openly about the election but has not appeared in the Commonwealth to promote the GOP candidate. But US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) And former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley have been campaigning with Youngkin.
Biden, who McAuliffe said will perform again in Virginia before Nov. 2, also backed 21 Democrats running for the House of Delegates this week, including House Spokeswoman Eileen Filler-Corn. Biden will campaign with McAuliffe in Arlington on October 26th.
Breakdown of early voting less than two weeks before election day in Virginia
Early voting will not reach the levels seen for the 2020 presidential election, but Virginia’s move to abolish the requirement of an apology for absentee voting has resulted in more people putting in their ballots before polling stations begin November 2nd.
According to the Virginia Public Access Project, More than 500,000 Virginians voted in this year’s election, compared to nearly 196,000 who voted early in the 2017 Virginia statewide election.
Four US congressional districts in Virginia have more than 70,000 of their residents voted early, according to analysis by VPAP. Three of these districts, the 7th, 8th, and 10th, are held by Democratic MPs, and the other district, the 1st Congressional District, is held by a Republican Congressman.
Virginia voters will elect a new governor, lieutenant governor, and possibly a new attorney general this November. All 100 seats in the House of Delegates are also on the ballot, along with certain local races and referendums.
Election day in Virginia is November 2nd. Early voting in person ends on October 30th.