RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia’s attorney general says it’s not against the law for Virginia voters to take photos of their ballots for publication on social media.The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Virginia Attorney General Mark R.Herring said in a Sept. 29 opinion that taking “ballot selfies” are not a crime as long as the act doesn’t interfere with other voters or disrupt the election.The opinion came after two local-level election officials asked Herring to clarify whether new regulatory language approved by the State Board of Elections conflicted with state law. The new rules had eased restrictions on electronic devices.In his opinion, Herring said the new language doesn’t contradict any law, but clarified that voters cannot use phones to get advice or assistance from someone outside the polling place.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Some Virginia law enforcement officials are being equipped with cellphones that will help them connect domestic violence victims to services.Through a partnership with Attorney General Mark Herring, Verizon Wireless is loaning 500 mobile phones to Virginia law enforcement officers to help them utilize a tool designed to identify domestic violence victims at risk for further abuse.First responders will ask victims a set of questions aimed at predicting whether they are in danger of further harm. If they are determined to be at risk, officers need phones to connect victims to community services.Herring’s office says many departments don’t issue phones and some don’t allow officers to carry personal phones. Victims often don’t want to use their own phones because they fear retaliation from their abuser.
The presidential campaign will be centered tonight on Farmville, Virginia, where the two vice-presidential candidates will debate at Longwood University. Our political analyst says V.P. debates don’t usually move the needle all that much, but this one may be different. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
From the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office: We are seeking information about a home invasion that took place in the county on Oct. 1. Maj. L.T. Guthrie said that on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2:22 a.m., Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a location off Drummer Street in Rustburg in regards to a home invasion in which one of the residents sustained a gunshot wound to his leg. Homeowners were awakened by the sound of someone breaking into their home and seconds later were encountered by two masked suspects, one wielding a handgun. The suspects demanded money and tied up the residents of the home while searching. During the course of the invasion, the male victim was shot in the leg. The injury is not considered life threatening. The suspects fled the home with an undetermined amount of money belonging to the victims. There were as many as three masked suspects in the home. One displayed a firearm. All three suspects were believed to be black males. The armed suspect is thought to be between 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. If you have information about this case, please contact Maj. Guthrie at the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at 434-332-9580.
Clinton’s lead in Virginia edges up after debate, 42-35, showing more support from Independents and Millennials
From Wason Center: NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – In the first statewide survey of likely Virginia voters since the Sept. 27 presidential debate, Democrat Hillary Clinton has slightly increased her lead over Republican Donald Trump, according to a tracking survey released Monday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. Clinton now holds a 7-point advantage in Virginia (42-35 percent).
Police in parts of Virginia and across the country are dealing with a rash of “creepy clown” calls. A Radford University criminal justice professor says dressing up as a clown isn’t illegal, but police have an obligation to follow up on such calls, because some of the activities associated with this may be criminal. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.