Election Day is tomorrow and your vote and your voice matters.  Tuesday, November 6 is your opportunity to determine the policies that will shape the Commonwealth and the country. Remember:  Elections Have Consequences. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. To find your polling location and get a list of acceptable photo IDs, go to
How you vote is a personal decision; I just ask that you go vote!

Getting to the polls can be a challenge for many, but local taxi companies have footed the bill to assist people in need of a ride to voting locations for years. Registered voters 60 and older in Newport News, Hampton, Virginia Beach and Norfolk can get free rides to the polls Election Day and a free ride home.

Other options

 For those who don’t vote in Newport News, Hampton, Virginia Beach or Norfolk or have not yet reached age 60, the country’s two biggest ride-sharing businesses have also announced efforts to help people get to the polls. Voters across the country looking for a ride to a polling place, Lyft is giving out 50 percent discount codes through its app. Uber is offering $10 off a ride to the polls on Election Day through its app.The two companies worked with civic engagement groups to offer and distribute the discounts and expressed a desire to help overcome transportation as a barrier to voting. For more information please click here. 

As we get closer and closer to Election Day, the more time I spend canvassing and trying to get out the vote. Early one dark Monday morning, I joined Senator Tim Kaine, Congressman Bobby Scott and representatives from Elaine Luria’s campaign at the 46th Street gate of Newport News Shipyard. We greeted workers as they arrived or left work. We encouraged workers to vote for Kaine, Scott and Luria. Regardless for whom you decide to vote, JUST VOTE. 
Last Saturday, I had the honor of serving as Master of Ceremony for The Virginia State Conference of the NAACP, Freedom Fund Banquet. Renowned actor and activist, Danny Glover, was our keynote speaker. Because I was seated beside him the entire evening, I had the opportunity to really talk with him. As we talked, I felt as if I had a front row seat to history. He gave a rousing speech on the life and history of working people in America, then and now. He admonished us to go out and vote, because voting is our  greatest strength. Mr. Glover’s history magnifies his commitment to civil rights for all. 
Hampton Branch NAACP hosted its Annual Life Membership  Awards Banquet. The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd.  Dr Boyd is a scientist and University Administrator. You may remember her as  president of Alabama State University from 2014-2016. Dr. Boyd was elected president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In honor of Dr. Boyd’s visit, many sorority members wore their sorority colors--red. 
In her dynamic and powerful speech, she emphasized that OUR VOICE IS OUR VOTE!!!
Although this has been a busy time as we gear up for Election Day, we are still holding regular office hours. Individuals or groups who would like to discuss their ideas for the upcoming legislative session are always welcome. Call our office to schedule your meeting. 757-827-5921. 

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