The newly drawn Virginia House District 56 covers Appomattox and Buckingham counties, and parts of Fluvanna, Goochland, Prince Edward and Louisa counties. Tom Garrett (R) is the only certified candidate seeking to represent the new district in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Garrett represented the 22nd District in the Senate from 2011 to 2017, and then spent one term representing the 5th District in the House. He did not seek reelection in 2019, and is returning after the hiatus.
Charlottesville Tomorrow sent a few questions to state candidates, informed by over 200 responses to a voter survey this summer. Garrett did not respond to requests to participate, made to the email addresses where he registered his candidacy.
More about the candidates for to represent the 56th District in the House of Delegates
- Campaign finances for this race, from the Virginia Public Access Project
- More about the 56th District, from Virginia Public Access Project
- A Cardinal News report about Garrett’s primary win
- A report about Garrett’s divorce and allegations of abuse, for subscribers to the Daily Progress
- A report on Garrett’s return to politics, for subscribers to the Richmond Times-Dispatch
- A report about Democratic write-in candidate Thomas Jordan Miles III, for subscribers to the Daily Progress
- A 2018 report in Politico about Garrett’s conduct in office
- Virginia Public Access Project’s Pre-Election Campaign Finance Reports
- More about the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) from Charlottesville Tomorrow
As you get ready to vote, here are some key dates and links from the Virginia Department of Elections:
Polls in Virginia close at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, night. The Virginia Department of Elections will publish election results in real time, as they arrive from precincts around the state. To view them, head to this link. These are unofficial results until they are certified. Here’s more about how to get election results.
- Sept. 22: First day of in-person early voting at your local registrar’s office.
- Oct. 16: Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration. You can also register after this date, and on election day, but you will vote with a provisional ballot, could take longer for officials to count because they will verify your eligibility.
- Oct. 27: Deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you. Your request must be received by your local registrar by 5:00 p.m.
- Oct. 28: Voter registration offices open for early voting.
- Nov. 4: The last day of in-person early voting at your registrar.
- Nov. 7: Election Day. Here is where you can find your polling place.
Need to know if you’re eligible to vote? Here are resources from the Virginia Department of Elections.