Just a couple of weeks ago, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin steered the spotlight away from himself and towards his party’s work to keep its majority in the House of Delegates and flip the state Senate to GOP control. Now Youngkin seems to want that attention back.
In this feature, we aim to highlight the frequency with which officials around Virginia are resisting public access to records on issues large and small — and note instances when the release of information under FOIA gave the public insight into how government bodies are operating.
Despite being one of the seven founding states of the Electronic Registration Information Center, Virginia’s top election official has announced that the commonwealth would be withdrawing from the bipartisan, multistate partnership originally founded in 2012.
As abortion access continues to dwindle in the South, its future in Virginia is set to loom large in this fall’s legislative elections. But this summer, before the parties duke it out for control of the statehouse, abortion rights advocates are eyeing a key primary that will pit Lashrecse Aird against the last anti-abortion-rights Democrat in Virginia.