It’s time toUU the Vote”!
Election Day: Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

Elections in Virginia are in full swing; early voting has already begun. If you are a registered voter, you can vote early at your local registrar’s office beginning September 23 (45 days before Election Day) and ending November 5 (the Saturday before Tuesday’s Election Day).

Consider going to your city or county registrar for a sample ballot and reviewing the voter’s guide from WAVY TV 10. WAVY TV 10 website states: “10 On Your Side reached out to all of the candidates running in this race. If you do not see a candidate listed with a profile, we did not receive one.”

You can see who is on your ballot by viewing the candidate lists on the Virginia Department of Elections website. This website provides important information on how to register to vote, how to update your registration, how to cast an absentee vote, and how to contact your local registrar’s office.

Also, this is the first year same day registration and voting is permitted in our state. Any person qualified to register to vote in Virginia is eligible. Same day registration makes it even more important to talk about the values that guide your vote with your family, friends and neighbors. It’s not too late to encourage folks who are not yet registered to contact the local registrar’s office for information. The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP), one of UUFP’s Share-the-Basket partners, offers online get-out-the-vote (Impactive) training on Thursdays, at 6:00 p.m., through November 3.

As the VICPP’s website says, “Communicating with people we personally know and building relationships with new people are the most effective ways to encourage voting.” Thanks to all of the folks who have been writing postcards and letters as part of get-out-the-vote efforts by Vote Forward, VICPP, and other organizations. It is still possible to “adopt” voters at Vote Forward’s website. The race in Virginia’s newly redrawn 2nd Congressional District, between incumbent Rep. Elaine Luria and challenger Jennifer Kiggans, is one of the important campaigns that will determine what happens in Congress next year.

For more information, please contact the UUFP Social & Environmental Justice Committee at socialjustice@uufp.org and put “UU The Vote” in the subject line. You are also welcome to join us at our next meeting on Thursday, October 27, at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom (link available on the UUFP’s online Internal Google calendar).

Thank you for being willing to “UU The Vote!”