Virginia’s legislative polls happened on Tuesday, 7 November 2023. The voters are the final authority to have decided whether to give Republicans full control of the state government or keep Democrats as a check on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s agenda.
Virginia is one of the four states scheduled to have elections in 2023. It is an important seat to decide the watch outcomes that will come in the Presidential elections of the US in 2024.
Importance of Virginia Elections
Millions of Americans cast their vote, on Tuesday, and ballot measures that could offer an interim verdict on Joe Biden’s presidency a year out from his bid to retain the White House.
Voters will select the governors in Kentucky and Mississippi, decide legislative control in New Jersey and Virginia, and determine whether the Ohio state constitution should protect abortion rights.
All 40 seats in Virginia’s Senate and all 100 seats in the state’s House of Delegates are in play. Democrats are aiming to hold or widen their 22-18 advantage in the Senate and win a majority in the House, where Republicans currently have a 52-48 edge. It would be interesting to see who wins the race in Virginia.
Voters’ decisions could be affected by events on the national political stage, ranging from Biden’s low approval ratings to the recent chaos in the House of Representatives as Republicans struggled for three weeks to elect a speaker.
Virginia is the only remaining state in the South that has not imposed further limits on abortion since the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v Wade ruling in 2022. In this way, Republicans have pledged to pass a 15-week abortion ban, supported by the Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin.
Republicans generally see a tougher path to flipping the Senate than holding the House under the new maps all legislative candidates are running under for the first time this year. During this year’s session, Republicans held a slim House majority, while Democrats narrowly controlled the Senate.
Virginia is an important determiner for the term of Biden in the US and one of the main deciders of the Presidential elections of 2024. It would be interesting who wins amongst the Republicans and Democrats.
Coming to the voting part, all registered voters in Virginia were eligible to vote in the 7 November 2023 general election. The deadline to register for a regular ballot was 16 October 2023.
If you didn’t register before the deadline, a same-day voter registration facility is available at your polling place. Anyone registered after the deadline will be given a provisional ballot, and eligibility will be determined by elections officials after Election Day.