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DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Virginia

Four of the first five presidents were Virginians: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.

Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech before the second Virginia Convention at St. John’s Church (formerly Henrico Parish) in Richmond on March 23, 1775.

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On October 19, 1781, following three weeks of continuous bombardment, British General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington in the Battle of Yorktown in Virginia, essentially bringing the American Revolution to an end.

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Virginia’s borders have expanded and contracted numerous times since its inception as the first of the 13 original colonies. In 1792, nine counties known as the Kentucky District of Virginia entered the union as the state of Kentucky, and in 1863, western counties of Virginia were approved to enter the union as the state of West Virginia.

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The Arlington National Cemetery, one of America’s most renowned military cemeteries, was originally built in the early 19th century as a mansion by George Washington’s adopted grandson, George Washington Parke Custis. Robert E. Lee, who married Custis’ daughter, Mary Anna, lived in Arlington House at various periods until 1861, when Virginia seceded from the Union and the couple vacated the estate. On June 15, 1864, the property was established as a military cemetery.

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Virginia was the birthplace of more U.S. presidents than any other state: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson.

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The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the nation’s second-oldest institution of higher education, after Harvard; King William III and Queen Mary II of England signed a charter for its creation on February 8, 1693. At the persuasion of Thomas Jefferson, the first law school in America was established there in 1779.

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State of Virginia Quick Facts
  • Current Population:8,382,993
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 7-22 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: No
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 13
  • Congressional Districts: 11
  • Date of Statehood: June 25, 1788
  • Size: 42,775 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Old Dominion; Mother of Presidents; Mother of States; Mother of Statesmen; Cavalier State
  • Tree: American Dogwood
  • Flower: American Dogwood
  • Bird: Northern Cardinal
Registered Voters

Total: 26,239

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Virginia?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Virginia.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

    NO: Virginia does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Virginia?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Virginia, voters have the following options :

    By Mail

    All applicants must provide a street address/description of their physical dwelling place.

    Online

    you can register online

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

    No specific law requiring time off to vote.

    Virginia State Government

    Virginia Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

    That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people, that magistrates are their trustees and servants, and at all times amenable to them.

    The Executive Branch
    Photo of the Virginia State Capitol before renovations.

    Executive Power

    The chief executive power of the Commonwealth shall be vested in a governor.

    The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, judges, members of the state corporation commission, and all officers appointed by the Governor or elected by the General Assembly, offending against the Commonwealth by malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty, or other high crime or misdemeanor may be impeached by the House of Delegates and prosecuted before the Senate, which shall have the sole power to try impeachments.

    Virginia Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Appointed)
  • The Treasurer (Appointed)
  • Legislative Branch
    Photo of the Virginia State Capitol before renovations.

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of the Commonwealth shall be vested in a General Assembly, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Delegates.

    The Senate shall consist of not more than forty and not less than thirty-three members, who shall be elected quadrennially by the voters of the several senatorial districts on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday in November.

    The House of Delegates shall consist of not more than one hundred and not less than ninety members, who shall be elected biennially by the voters of the several house districts on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday in November.

    Judicial Branch
    The Supreme Court building in Richmond

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of the Commonwealth shall be vested in a Supreme Court and in such other courts of original or appellate jurisdiction subordinate to the Supreme Court as the General Assembly may from time to time establish. Trial courts of general jurisdiction, appellate courts, and such other courts as shall be so designated by the General Assembly shall be known as courts of record.

    The Supreme Court shall consist of seven justices.

    Virginia Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(100)
    (34)(66)
    State Senators(40)
    (18)(21)(1)
    US Representatives(11)
    (3)(8)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Virginia Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor is responsible for ensuring that the laws of the state are faithfully executed and is responsible for the safety of the state, as he serves as commander-in-chief of the Virginia Militia. The governor must convene the legislature when two-thirds of each house calls for a special session

    Qualifications

    No person except a citizen of the United States shall be eligible to the office of Governor; nor shall any person be eligible to that office unless he shall have attained the age of thirty years and have been a resident of the Commonwealth and a registered voter in the Commonwealth for five years next preceding his election.

    Election

    The Governor shall be elected by the qualified voters of the Commonwealth at the time and place of choosing members of the General Assembly.

    Term of Office

    He shall hold office for a term commencing upon his inauguration on the Saturday after the second Wednesday in January, next succeeding his election, and ending in the fourth year thereafter immediately upon the inauguration of his successor.

    Limit on Tenure

    He shall be ineligible to the same office for the term next succeeding that for which he was elected, and to any other office during his term of service.

    Salary

    $175,000

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years old.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The Lieutenant Governor shall be President of the Senate but shall have no vote except in case of an equal division. He shall receive for his services a compensation to be prescribed by law, which shall not be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected.

    Qualifications

    A Lieutenant Governor shall be elected at the same time and for the same term as the Governor, and his qualifications and the manner and ascertainment of his election, in all respects, shall be the same, except that there shall be no limit on the terms of the lieutenant governor.

    Election

    Virginia belongs to the handful of states that hold off-year elections, that is, elections in odd-numbered years that are neither presidential nor midterm years.

    Term of Office

    The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $36,321

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years old.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    Provide legal advice and representation to the governor and executive agencies, state boards and commissions and institutions of higher education. The advice commonly includes help with personnel issues, contracts, purchasing, regulatory and real estate matters and the review of proposed legislation. The office also represents those agencies in court.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible for election or appointment to the office of Attorney General unless he is a citizen of the United States, has attained the age of thirty years, and has the qualifications required for a judge of a court of record. He shall perform such duties and receive such compensation as may be prescribed by law, which compensation shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected.

    Election

    n Attorney General shall be elected by the qualified voters of the Commonwealth at the same time and for the same term as the Governor; and the fact of his election shall be ascertained in the same manner.

    Term of Office

    The attorney general is elected every four years at the same time the governor is elected.

    Limit on Tenure

    There shall be no limit on the terms of the attorney general.

    Salary

    $150,000

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years old .

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The secretary serves as the ex officio secretary to the Governor of Virginia and is in charge of keeping the seals of the Commonwealth and maintaining all official state records.

    Qualifications

    The state constitution specifies that requirements for this office will be "prescribed by law."

    Election

    The position shall be filled by gubernatorial appointment, with confirmation by the state assembly "for a term commencing on the Monday after the third Wednesday in January" after the governor's inauguration.

    Term of Office

    The secretary serves a term of four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $158,966

    Qualification age

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The Virginia Treasurer serves as the chief banking officer in the commonwealth.

    Qualifications

    There are no specific qualifications for this office.

    Election

    The treasurer is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the governor of Virginia.

    Term of Office

    The treasurer serves as the commonwealth's chief financial officer and is responsible for the banking and investments needs of the state government.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $167,408

    Qualification age

    Virginia State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include assigning bills to committee and appointing the membership of standing committees.

    Qualifications

    Any person may be elected to the House of Delegates who, at the time of the election, is twenty-one years of age, is a resident of the house district which he is seeking to represent, and is qualified to vote for members of the General Assembly .

    Election

    Term of Office

    Two year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    Qualification age

    Delegates must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the election.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The Lieutenant Governor serves as presiding officer of the Senate. In the event of the lieutenant governor's absence, the President pro tempore becomes presiding officer. The President pro tempore is elected by the Senate.

    Qualifications

    Any person may be elected to the Senate who, at the time of the election, is twenty-one years of age, is a resident of the senatorial district which he is seeking to represent, and is qualified to vote for members of the General Assembly.

    Election

    Virginia state senate elections are held in odd-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

    Term of Office

    Virginia senators serve four-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    With no term limits.

    Salary

    $18,000/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    Senators must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the election.

    Virginia State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The court's primary function is to review lower court decisions, and state law does not allow appeals to the court "as a matter of right" except where the State Corporation Commission, the disbarment of an attorney or a review of the death penalty is involved.

    Qualifications

    Election

    The justices of the Supreme Court shall be chosen by the vote of a majority of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly for terms of twelve years.

    Term of Office

    Justices are elected to 12 years terms, and subject to reappointment to additional terms by the legislature

    Limit on Tenure

    A Justice who reaches the age of 70 must retire on or before the 20th day after the General Assembly

    Chief salary

    $201,000

    Associates salary

    $189,000

    Qualification age

    The Court Of Appeals
    Authority

    It was created in order to increase the appellate capacity of the court system and expedite the appellate process.

    Qualifications

    a resident of Virginia; no more than 70 years old; a member of the Virginia State Bar for at least five years

    Election

    Virginia is one of two states, along with South Carolina, that selects judges through this process.

    Term of Office

    It is made up of 11 judges who serve eight-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $173,000

    Qualification age

    no more than 70 years old

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