Mason onAir

GMU onAir's mission is to improve communication between governmental organizations, elected officials, and candidate's for office and the people  they represent... with a special emphasis on how to best use the latest internet and media technologies.

GMU onAir is the founding university chapter of the non-profit, nonpartisan social enterprise Elections onAir.  Any George Mason University student, faculty, staff, and alum can be a member. Membership is free. Members can participate in numerous ways such as curating content in Hubs, moderating and producing Aircasts, developing new software and hardware, and interfacing with supporters.

Elections onAir

Elections onAir is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social enterprise that supports the development and hosting of open access and curated networks of Election Hubs... including this Virginia Elections Hub.

Elections onAir (EOA) Hubs use a proprietary software platform to aggregate and display all types of content.  Viewing a Hub on a laptop or desktop computer provides an enhanced user experience especially through home page interactive maps.

EOA focuses on providing a one stop place for all information related to candidates, elected officials, and government agencies in a state ("Learn" about your government and elected officials). EOA provides many ways to interact with these people especially via streaming video interviews ("Discuss" with your representatives and candidates).

Elections onAir is developing a network of interconnected Elections Hubs. The Virginia Elections Hub is the first Hub we are piloting in anticipation of having an Elections Hub for each state ready for the 2020 elections.

Voter Registration

To vote in the November 6, 2018 election, you must register by October 14, 2018.

To register to vote

Go to this page at the Virginia Department of Elections website.

To be eligible to vote, you must be:

  1. A U.S. citizen
  2. A resident of Virginia
  3. At least 18 years old by the next general election

If you have been convicted of a felony, you must have your voting rights restored.
If you were declared mentally incapacitated, you must have your capacity restored by court order.

For registered Voters

Go to this page at the Virginia Department of Elections website to:

  • Access your Virginia Voter Record to update registration
  • Apply to vote absentee
  • View your voter-related information

 

How to run for office

Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order to qualify to appear on the ballot

Virginia Elections web pages

These qualifications and requirements may vary slightly depending on whether the office sought is a local office, a general assembly seat, a statewide office, or a federal office. Generally, all candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Be qualified to vote for and hold the office sought, and
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year immediately preceding the election.

The board has developed and published candidate informational bulletins specific to each office type. In addition to the qualifications, forms and filing requirements, candidate information bulletins provide candidates with information he/she will need to run for office.

Using this Hub

We have designed this Hub to be easy and intuitive as possible to use.  All viewers need to remember to find content is to:

"Select teal circles, rectangles, text, and icons"

When most teal circles and teal rectangles are selected, they open multiple possible actions. When blue text and blue icons, they usually do one action.

Most color blind people can distinguish the teal and blue colors from the level of shading. For those with more severe blindness issues, an audio-based user experience is coming next year.

About Virginia Elections

We are educators, students, and voters dedicated to creating a non-partisan place for comprehensive elections information and civil engagement between Virginians and those who wish to represent us.

November 6, 2018 Commonwealth General Election

Offices on the ballot:  U.S. Senate (six year term), U.S. House of Representatives (two year term)

June 11, 2019 Commonwealth Primary 

November 5, 2019 Commonwealth General Election

Offices on the ballot:  State Senate and House of Delegates and Virginia City and County officeholders

About this Hub

This Virginia Elections Hub aim is to support a more informed and engaged public and responsive government while facilitating Virginians to run for office at all levels of government.

We have designed this Hub to be easy and intuitive as possible to use.  All viewers need to remember to find content is to:

"Select teal circles, rectangles, text, and icons"

There are many ways Virginians can help make this Hub the Go To place for Virginia election information and communication.

Become a Hub Member: It's easy and free ... Your real name and any other profile information will not be displayed or shared unless you choose to do so. Membership benefits include being able to: comment on posts,  ask candidates questions through post Curators, participate in forums, and curate posts.

Become a Post Curator: Curators help to integrate web content and candidate interactions into posts, moderate comments, and produce Aircasts.

Become a Supporter: You can support this Hub, a District, and/or a single post through your donations, sponsorships, and advertisements.

About Aircasting

One approach we use to inform and engage Virginians is via our Aircasts. Aircasts are livestreamed and recorded videos that include viewer input and are archived in their related posts.

We focus particularly on Curator produced mobile Aircasts that employ smartphones and a few inexpensive accessories. Some use cases include:

"During an Event" - Aircaster does interviews …before, during, and/or after event for inclusion into posts. Can upgrade up to mobile studio e.g. CNN Town Halls.

"Anytime in one's Office"- Elected official or candidate livestreams weekly updates and their responses to Hub members questions.

The Virginia onAir YouTube channel will also have livestreamed and recorded videos that can be stored in posts.

Support this Hub

Support this Hub

There are three ways that individuals and organizations can financially support this Hub, any specific district within this Hub or a specific post... as a Sponsor, as a Donor, and/or as an Advertiser.

Virginians, especially college and high school students, can also volunteer and intern to be part of the Virginia Elections Hub team in a variety of ways e.g. as Curators, Aircasters, Aircast Hosts & Producers, coordinators, and web developers.

Sponsors can be any nonpartisan and nonprofit organization such as a government agency, university, or qualified NGOs. Sponsors can support the entire Hub, a District and all the posts within it, an individual Post, and/or Curator profile.

Donors can be any named individual or foundation (no anonymous donations permitted).  Donors can support the entire Hub, a District and all the posts within it, an individual Post, and/or Curator profile.

Advertisers can be any individual, group, or organization. Advertisers can support the entire Hub or a specific District (US House, US Senate etc.), City, and/or County.

Checks or wire transfers are made to Elections onAir. Elections onAir has its 501C3 status so donations are tax deductible.

Contact Hub Coordinator Kim Jaramillo at kim@onair.cc if you want to support this Hub.

Contact a Post's Curator to support a specific district, individual post, and/or a Curator profile.

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