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2011-03-23 / News Briefs

More transparency in elections available

County residents will be able to “follow the money” in November’s supervisor elections on the Virginia Public Access Project’s website, www.vpap.org.

Virginia is among the few states that places no limits on campaign contributions, but relies on disclosure instead. The new initiative by VPAP, a nonprofit organization based in Richmond, will enable people to see who is financing local and state political campaigns. According to a news release, the group is nonpartisan and adheres to a “just the facts” approach, allowing voters to make their own judgments. VPAP’s singular mission is to make elections as transparent as possible.

Website visitors can search for candidates by name or county. A donor list is provided for each candidate.

The website also has resources to help residents understand the county’s redistricting process. Chesterfield must redraw district boundaries to account for population changes reflected in the 2010 census. VPAP.org includes tools to help residents create interactive maps that will show population and ethnic characteristics of each precinct.

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