Virginia Updates Newsletter for June 6, 2022

Hey Virginia peeps! We hope everyone is doing well and taking care this warm Monday evening. We’re back with another VA Newsletter, but this time is all about the upcoming Primary Elections 🗳


Look through each slide and learn more about the primary, what it means and all the ways you can vote in this election, which is now 15 DAYS AWAY!!


✨Don’t forget to follow @we_vote_va for more election content coming soon. Later this week we’re sharing our “Meet the Candidates” post where we will breakdown all the candidates running for US House of Representatives.


Here’s this week's updates - we have news on;

▪️ Election Reminder

▪️ Early Voting Ends Soon

▪️ Know Before You Go

▪️ Virginia Headlines

▪️ COVID-19 Data

▪️ Vaccine Data



⏰ Election Reminder!


Hey Virginia! Did you know that we have a Primary Election coming up on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. We're voting for the United States House of Representatives and Local Offices.


Here is what you need to know:


How do primaries work in Virginia?

A primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party's candidate for elected office to run in the general election. They are also used to choose convention delegates and party leaders.


Primaries are state-level and local-level elections that take place prior to a general election. Virginia utilizes an open primary process in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.


Important dates to know and save:

June 10 - Deadline to apply for an a ballot to be mailed to you by 5:00 pm

June 11 - Voter registration offices open for early voting

June 18 - Last day for early in-person voting by 5:00 pm

June 21 - Election Day! Polls will be open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm EST


Sources: ballotpedia.org/Virginia_elections,_2022



🗳 Early Voting Ends Soon


Tuesday, June 21 is Election Day in Virginia! All eligible voters can cast their ballots in state and local elections.


Answers to common election questions we get:


What am I voting for?

  • Virginians will vote for candidates running for United States House of Representatives and Local Offices.

Where can I vote early?

  • Vote early by June 18, 2022. You can find your early voting station by visiting the link in our bio or at bit.ly/register-va.

How do I track my Absentee Ballot?

  • Did you vote by absentee and want a status update? Visit bit.ly/va-search-ballot to track your absentee ballot.

Polls will be open 6am - 7pm on ELECTION DAY

  • Find your polling station at bit.ly/va-polling-place. If you are in line by 7pm and the polls close, stay in line! You can vote.

Sources: elections.virginia.gov & wevotevirginia.com



💡Know Before You Go


Here is what to know before you go out and Vote!!


Complete your checklist below:


Review your Registration:

  • Check your registration to verify any recent updates and find your polling station.

Find your polling station:

  • Find where you can vote in person on Election Day at bit.ly/va-polling-place.

Know who's on your ballot:

  • Meet the candidates running for office in your area and learn more about what issues they care about. Visit election.virginia.gov for information on the candidates. We Vote VA is also sharing a candidate breakdown - coming soon!

Bring an ID:

  • Virginians voting in-person must show an ID at the polls. ID's can include: student/college issued ID, driver's license, any utility bill, passport, and more. If you forget an ID, you could still vote. The Chief Election Officer can help with this.

VOTE:

  • Cast your ballot! Early voting stations are now open!! You can also vote on Election Day - Tuesday, June 21 from 6AM to 7PM.

Source: elections.virginia.gov


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📰 Virginia Headlines


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Axios - Virginia lawmakers OK sales of synthetic THC products. Lawmakers gave a big green light to manufacturers and retailers of lab-made THC products like Delta-8 this week. Why it matters: Virginia has yet to agree on a path toward a legal recreational marijuana market, but the change will allow widespread sales of hemp-based products that produce the same intoxicating high.


Wavy News - Youngkin signs bill expanding healthcare coverage for small businesses. Governor Youngkin signed SB 195 and HB 884. He said the bill will help small businesses to “attract and retain talented workforce, while providing workers and their families greater options for health care.”



COVID-19 & Vaccine Data


Virginia COVID-19 Data Summary


The Virginia Department of Health reported Monday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 1,805,781. The 1,805,781 consists of 1,291,875 confirmed and 513,906 probable cases. There are 20,431 COVID-19 deaths, and Virginia’s 7-day positivity rate is now at 18.9%.


Vaccine Summary: As of Monday, June 6

  • Total Doses Administered: 15,966,070 People

  • Vaccinated with at least 1 dose: 7,072,765 or 82.3%

  • % of Adults (18+) Vaccinated with at least 1 dose: 93.2%

  • People Fully Vaccinated: 6,337,459 or 73.8%

  • % of Adults (18+) Fully Vaccinated: 83.7%

  • People Vaccinated with Booster / Third dose: 3,104,753


For more information on Virginia's vaccination efforts, please visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA source: vdh.virginia.gov


Source: vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/


 

Please be kind and respect one another, we are all in this together.

And don’t forget to get out and Vote!


- Maria Reynoso, Editor in Chief