— Deadline to Apply for Mailed Absentee Applications is October 30 RICHMOND, VA – Absentee voting for the November 6 General Election starts statewide tomorrow, Friday, September 21. Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee in-person at their local voter registration office or vote absentee by mail.  To vote absentee, registered voters must meet one of the 20 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application. “Absentee voting is a great option for those who can’t make it to the polls …

— Debate for Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat can be viewed across the Commonwealth   RICHMOND_ Senator Tim Kaine and Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart will square off tonight at the People’s Debate, which will be carried in every market in Virginia and streamed online.   Washington Post national political reporter and PBS’ Washington Week host Robert Costa will moderate the debate, with panelists from AARP Virginia, WCVE PBS, and WTVR CBS 6. Media partners for the debate are …

— The Virginia Department of Elections is pleased to be participating in National Voter Registration Day on September 25, 2018.  Volunteers and organizations from all over the Commonwealth will encourage all eligible Virginians to register to vote and increase awareness of voter registration opportunities. On that day, the Department, in coordination with OnTheSquareVA, will host an “Everything Elections Table.” The table will be set up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Capitol Square near the Bell Tower.  At the table, …

— FEMA and Virginia Department of Emergency Management officials to answer questions  RICHMOND _ AARP Virginia, with guests from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, will hold a special telephone town hall on Friday to address Hurricane Florence Recovery and Scams.   AARP Virginia will dial out to about 70,000 households in southwestern and central Virginia at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. In a format similar to a radio call-in show, the agency …

— ~ Nearly 1,500 New Virginia Voters Registered Among Eight High Schools ~   RICHMOND, VA — The Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections (ELECT) announced today that eight high schools across the Commonwealth achieved the Commissioner’s Award for Voter Registration by registering 65% or more of their eligible senior class. Between these eight schools, nearly 1500 new Virginia voters were registered to vote. Many other schools across the Commonwealth participated in this voter registration challenge. The honorable mentions this year include …

— While the residents of coastal areas in eastern Virginia evacuated as Hurricane Florence approached, and were able to go back home on Friday, it might not be the end of Virginians fleeing the storm. The hurricane will dump rain in the double-digits over southwestern Virginia as it makes its path west and north.  That means rivers and streams could spill over their banks, and the saturated ground could prevent drainage, making for a dangerous brew of floodwaters far from the …

— Communities across Virginia are working each and every day to become more livable for residents of all ages. In support of that work, AARP is excited to be able to provide funding to organizations through the AARP Community Challenge to help them jumpstart progress on ongoing work. These “quick action” grants are being distributed to 129 organizations, with at least one in every state, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico, including right here in Virginia. The Community Challenge grants provide communities …

— Virginia voters statewide will hear candidates’ positions on issues important to their families RICHMOND _ AARP Virginia is pleased to announce that Senator Tim Kaine and Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart have accepted invitations participate at The People’s Debate on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. “It’s important that voters get to hear directly from the candidates to make the best informed decisions on issues that are important to their families,” said Jim Dau, AARP Virginia State Director. …

— Up to 400,000 Virginians who are in the coverage gap will soon have access to affordable health care coverage. Coverage will extend to help people who previously earned too much to qualify for Medicaid but could not afford health insurance, childless, adults, and others. This expansion will also increase jobs in Virginia by about 12,000 positions. The bill will save Virginia approximately $370 million dollars in the next two years alone. The money saved can be put towards mental health …

— The Roanoke Community Ambassador Leadership Team met on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the Local Office on Aging.  The group shared personal experiences such as a planned mission trip, recent certification in Career Facilitation, experiences volunteering in helping with SOL school testing supervision, as well as facilitating and participating in a 6 weeks Chronic Disease Self-management Workshop. Members of the group also reported recent successes that included the Movies for Grownups Series, the Walking Group, the Salem Senior Fun and …