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Monday, Nov 6, 2017 at 6:27 AM

Election Day FAQ: ID, Selfies, Bringing Kids & More

Election Day FAQ: ID, Selfies, Bringing Kids & More

This campaign season has been rough -- don't let your election day end up that way, too! Check out our guide to voting etiquette and rules to make sure your Tuesday is a breeze. Read »

Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 at 2:27 PM

Record Number of Va. Voters Cast Ballots Early

Record Number of Va. Voters Cast Ballots Early

Voters are likely turning out in record numbers for this off-year race because it is widely seen as an early referendum on President Donald Trump’s performance. Read »

Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 at 11:48 PM
Candidates for Governor Rally in Northern Virginia

Candidates for Governor Rally in Northern Virginia

Get-out-the-vote rallies drew some big names ahead of Tuesday's election, and northern Virginia was the prime target Saturday for both candidates for governor. Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports... Watch »

Friday, Nov 3, 2017 at 5:40 AM

Virginia Gov's Race: Campaign Charged With Racial Overtones

Virginia Gov's Race: Campaign Charged With Racial Overtones

The contest between Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam has become one of Virginia's most racially charged campaigns in memory, observers say. Shaped by Trump's moves to crack down on immigration... Read »

Friday, Nov 3, 2017 at 5:37 AM

Deadline to Pick Up Absentee Ballot Saturday

Deadline to Pick Up Absentee Ballot Saturday

Virginians have one more day to pick up an absentee ballot before Election Day. Read »

Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 at 3:26 PM

Democrat Lawmakers Sue Over Trump Hotel's Lease Secrecy

Democrat Lawmakers Sue Over Trump Hotel's Lease Secrecy

Democratic members of the House oversight committee are suing the Trump administration for its refusal to turn over information about the Trump family's lease of the Trump Hotel in Washington. Read »

Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 at 5:30 AM

Law School Students Offering Voter-Rights Hotline on Tuesday

Law School Students Offering Voter-Rights Hotline on Tuesday

Students at William & Mary's law school will run a non-partisan hotline for Virginia voters on Election Day. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017 at 6:09 PM
Virginia Governor Hopefuls Sprint to Get Out the Vote

Virginia Governor Hopefuls Sprint to Get Out the Vote

News4's Tom Sherwood reports on aspiring Virginia's Governors' final dash to election day on Nov. 7. Candidates are close in the polls -- so it's all about getting out the vote. Watch »

Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017 at 5:35 AM

Sherwood's Notebook: Carol Schwartz (No, She’s Not Running)

Sherwood's Notebook: Carol Schwartz (No, She’s Not Running)

Carol Schwartz, a former school board member, D.C. Council representative and five-time mayoral candidate, is out with her new self-published book, “Quite a Life: From Defeat to Defeat ... and Back.” Read »

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 at 11:42 AM

Northam and Gillespie Get Record Cash Before Election Day

Northam and Gillespie Get Record Cash Before Election Day

The two major-party candidates in the nation's marquee gubernatorial contest are getting record amounts of cash in the final weeks of the campaign. Read »

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Julie Carey
Julie Carey News4 Virginia Reporter Julie Carey is a News4 reporter focusing on Virginia issues and politics.
Chris Gordon
Chris Gordon News4 Maryland Reporter Chris Gordon is a legal analyst and reporter for NBC4, focusing on Maryland.
Mark Murray
Mark Murray NBC News Deputy Political Director Mark Murray is the NBC News Deputy Political Director, NBC News First Read analyst and NBCPolitics.com contributor.
Tom Sherwood News4 Political Reporter Tom Sherwood is a reporter for News4 specializing in politics and the D.C. government.
Chuck Todd
Chuck Todd NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd is the Moderator of Meet the Press and NBC News' Political Director.
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