On November 6th, your vote is your voice.

Consider using your voice to be champion for the James River by knowing how your ballot impacts your water.

We’ve reached the midpoint in the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup effort. Right now, Bay states are drafting the watershed implementation plans that will see us through to the finish line. But to put these plans in action, states and localities are going to need strong federal support.

If clean water is a priority for you this election season, think about where your Congressional candidates stand on the health of the Bay, the James, and your community. That includes their positions on

  • Empowering Virginia farmers to protect their soil and reduce nutrient runoff;
  • Supporting climate resilience in our coastal zones and inland areas;
  • Tackling aging water infrastructure in our neighborhoods; and
  • Protecting local streams and native species.

Virginia voters are also being asked to weigh the merits of a constitutional amendment on flooding. As recent storms have shown, heavy rain and flooding affects communities across the Commonwealth. It’s important that the decisions we make now consider future flood projections and set us up for success in terms of public safety, economic security, and environmental protection.

A “yes” vote on this amendment would allow counties, cities, and towns to use partial tax exemptions to offset the cost of improvements on properties prone to recurrent flooding. A “no” vote would rule out using tax exemptions. You can find more information on the amendment here.

Polls are open from 6am to 7pm on Tuesday, November 6th. For more information about your polling place, your candidates, and Virginia’s photo I.D. requirements, visit the State Board of Elections at https://www.elections.virginia.gov/.