Presidential Race

This is a Blue state that generally votes Democratic. Hillary Clinton easily won this state in 2016 and it is almost impossible for Joe Biden to lose here in 2020.

stateVoted_for_Trump 2016Voted_for_Clinton 2016Did_Not_Vote
Virginia1,769,4431,981,473 2,042,521
Source: US Census Bureau, Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2016
https://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/voting-and-registration/p20-580.html

This means, because of the electoral system that we have, that your vote, if you live in Virginia, is not as crucial to the final outcome as it would be if you lived in a “battleground” state like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa or Florida.

HOWEVER, President Trump has refused to say that he will honor the results of this election, has claimed there will be widespread fraud and cheating, and has threatened to challenge the results in court. THEREFORE, every vote really does matter, even in Virginia, to ensure that Trump loses by a clear enough margin across the whole country and cannot therefore reject the results.

Please consider this when deciding whether to vote in this election against Trump (by voting for Biden) or not (by voting third party or not at all). Your vote really does count in this, of all elections, even if you don’t live in a “battleground” state.

Register to vote:

stateRegistration_by_MailRegistration_OnlineRegistration_in_Person
VirginiaOct. 12Oct. 12Oct. 12

Vote by mail:

stateDeadline_to_ApplyDeadline_to_MailDeadline_to_be_Received
VirginiaOct. 23November 3

Vote in person:

StatePolls_open_amPolls_close_pmFind your polling place
Virginia67https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PollingPlaceLookup
Note: Times may vary, always check locally. Source: https://ballotpedia.org/State_Poll_Opening_and_Closing_Times_(2020)

AND, your most powerful contribution to this election may not be your own vote, but the vote of a friend, relative, colleague, former neighbor, or somebody else you know who does live in a “battleground” state. You may be the one person who can convince that person to vote, and to vote for our survival, at this election.

Click here for more ideas and help in convincing a friend or relative to vote.

Senate Race

Incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Warner is defending his seat against Republican challenger Daniel Gade. Warner is likely to be re-elected, but we can’t afford to take any chances when it comes to putting an end to Mitch McConnell’s stranglehold on the US Senate.

A vote for Mark Warner is a vote to survive in 2020!

House Races

The best we can hope for in 2020 at the Presidential and Senate levels is to get rid of Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell so that we will at least survive the next four years. But in the medium term, we need to elect politicians who support the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, the Nuclear Ban Treaty and other real, sustainable solutions to the global threats facing us all.

Luckily, we already have over 100 such politicians in the House of Representatives. We need to make sure they get re-elected, and we need to elect more of them!

If you live in US Congressional District 1, you have an opportunity at this election to vote for a new progressive candidate for the House of Representatives, Qasim Rashid!

Virginia District 1 – Qasim Rashid for US Congress

Qasim Rashid believes in criminal justice reform, gun violence prevention, equal rights and the need to recognize climate change as a real issue.