We endorse

Stephanie Morales

for Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney

Update: Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales won re-election with nearly 94% of the general vote.


Six years ago, Stephanie Morales became the first woman elected as Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney. She ran on a progressive platform that promised to combat mass incarceration and reform the bail system that punished poor people for an inability to pay.

Since entering office, Morales has set new standards for addressing inequality in our criminal legal system and police accountability. While only a handful of prosecutors have ever successfully prosecuted and won a conviction in cases where a white police officer kills a Black person, Stephanie Morales is the only prosecutor in the country to have successfully indicted more than 1 officer involved in an on-duty shooting.

As Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney, Stephanie Morales has been a trailblazer with an unwavering commitment to criminal justice reform. During her tenure, Morales also:

  • No longer prosecutes low-level marijuana possession, which previously led to unnecessary prosecutions.
  • Most recently Morales has called on the Virginia General Assembly to end mandatory sentencing minimums, cash bail, and the death penalty.
  • Established the Ctrl + Alt + Del program to help restore voting rights and expand opportunities to people with convictions.
  • Helped lead the formation of the Virginia Progressive Prosecutors for Justice, a group that advocates for state-wide progressive reforms.

This year, vote for a local champion committed to making the community safer and the commonwealth’s justice system more fair and equitable. Re-elect Stephanie Morales as Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney on November 2, 2021.

You must be a registered voter to participate in this election. Register to vote today by October 11 or check your registration status here. Election Day polling places will open on November 2 from 6 AM to 7 PM.

*Note for residents with felony convictions: Governor Northam updated his eligibility criteria for restoration of civil rights. Effective March 16, 2021, individuals are eligible to have their voting rights restored after being released from incarceration. Visit the VA Secretary of the Commonwealth for more information. 

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October 12
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October 22
Deadline to apply via online, fax, or mail for an absentee ballot
October 23
Early voting begins
October 30
Early voting ends. Last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot
November 2
Election Day
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