Changing in the Time of Elections

February 20, 1871


The Dispatch details the system of elections that will be used in the upcoming years to come. Due to reapportionment, there will be an entirely new General Assembly, who, due to this intentional redistricting, results in an all-white state legislatures that bills that later restrict African-American rights and promote a conservative, racist agenda.


The appeal of the Dispatch is the language of patriotic impulse. and we would readily second it, even at the expense of incurring in these tax-ridden times the expense of two separate elections if we understand it to be well considered. There is, however, little or no necessity for change in the law as it stands on the statute book. which we presume is in accordance with the Constitution. This fall we shall fleet an entirely new General Assembly under a reapportionment bill. The delegates and half the Senators will hold over till November '73, when half of the Senators and all the delegates will be again voted tor. In the meantime, to-wit, in November '72, Congressmen and electors for President and Vice President will be alone elected. In November '73, in addition to the members of the General Assembly, the Governor and State ticket. and all country officers except clerks of courts, will be elected. Each spring of every year all city, town, township and district officers are elected. In November '74 we again vote for members of Congress, and on the same day in the same yeare for clerks of court, who hold ever for four years.
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“Changing in the Time of Elections,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed February 1, 2023,