In this off-off year election, the Virginia department of elections is seeing increases across the state in absenting voting prior to the November 5th election when we will be voting for every seat in the General Assembly and our local representatives.
As of Friday, Oct. 25, nearly 62,000 absentee ballots have been cast for the 2019 General Election in Virginia. About 111,000 absentee voting applications have been requested. In 2015, the last time all 140 General Assembly seats were on the ballot, a little more than 78,000 people voted absentee.
Elections officials are seeing a spike in interest from students this election season. About 16,000 students have requested to vote with an absentee ballot. Nearly three times as many students have requested absentee ballots this election compared to how many actually turned them in four years ago.
Using Loudoun county as an example of what is happening this year in Loudoun’s absentee voting precinct as of 10/23/19 compared to 10/20/15 which is the same in cycle day:
In person voting at this point in 2019– 1026 voters, in person in 2015–420.
Requested ballots my mail: 2019–3786, 2015–1715. In 2015 the total requested ballots in 2015 were 2390 with 1896 of those properly returned.
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