Early voting, record high in Virginia ahead of dead-heat governor’s race


Early voting hit a record high in Virginia’s dead heat governor’s race between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin.

Saturday marked the last day for early voting before the commonwealth’s Election Day, which is today.

At least 1,137,656 voters submitted early ballots, according to the latest data from Democratic data firm TargetSmart. That makes up roughly one fifth of the state’s 5.9 million electorate.

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Early voting turnout for this year’s election is nearly six times more than the number in 2017. At least 189,891 voters sent in early ballots out of Virginia’s 5.4 million electorate at the time, according to TargetSmart.

At least 1,137,656 voters submitted early ballots, which makes up roughly one fifth of the state’s 5.9 million electorate. Early voting turnout for this year’s election is nearly six times more than the number in 2017.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET today. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by 7 p.m. that day and received by noon on Nov. 5.


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