Midterm elections are fast approaching. If the early voter turnout is any indication, this election may see as many people voting as a presidential election.
Early voting started across the country on September 15. According to non-partisan group Virginia Public Access Partners, nearly 24,000 people in Fairfax County have cast their ballots. That’s up 112 percent since the November 2017 election. In Virginia, over 95,000 ballots have been cast so far, which is a 97 percent increase over last year. These numbers reflect the number of absentee ballots that have come in so far.
With the election still a few weeks away, it’s likely that this election will have as high a turnout (or even possibly higher) as the last presidential election of 2016. The numbers are already indicating a significantly higher voter turnout than the last midterm elections in 2014, which hit a historic 70-year low. Overall in the United States, over 4.3 million people have cast their ballots so far.
Fairfax County elections
The 10th and 11th Congressional Districts both include parts of Fairfax County. Voting is up so far 144 percent in the 10th Congressional District where Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock and Democratic state Senator Jennifer Wexton are in a fierce race. In the 11th Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Representative Gerald Connolly, who has represented the district since 2009, is facing a challenge by Republican Jeff Dove.
You can keep up with the latest in election news and statistics with the Virginia Department of Elections. If you haven’t submitted an absentee ballot, you have time still to read up on the races for the 10th Congressional District and 11th Congressional District so you can make an educated decision when you go to the polls. Most importantly, don’t forget to vote on November 6th! Polls will be open from 6 am–7 pm on voting day, so you will have time to vote before, during, or after work.