In Person Absentee Voting Wraps Up in Virginia

By: eescobar@whsv.com Email
By: eescobar@whsv.com Email

WAYNESBORO, Va.--- Voters in the Commonwealth had the chance to cast their ballot in person before election day until Saturday.

WHSV checked in with registrars in the area, and received numbers for the the in person and mail absentee voters so far.

In Harrisonburg, 367 people voted early and in Rockingham 762. In Staunton, WHSV only received the number of in person absentee, which is 202. In Augusta county, the total number of absentee ballots is 657 and in Waynesboro is 228.

Madeline Stout is one of the 18 people voting at the Registrar's office on Saturday. She said she will not have time to cast her ballot on election day because she has class.

"I don't want to get up super duper early to go vote. I would rather just vote in advance and that way still counts because I do believe that voting is important," said Stout.

Waynesboro registrar Lisa Wooten said she saw up to 30 people walk into her office to vote absentee.

"For the past couple weeks has been pretty steady," said Wooten.

The number of absentee ballots received so far are fewer than in the last gubernatorial election. In 2009, 300 people voted absentee in the city.

She said this type of election draws a smaller crowd.

"I would love to see 50 percent. I think if we do 40, we will be doing real well," said Wooten.

Stout said even if the turnout is not that high, she thinks her vote counts more this election.

"Even if fewer people vote for the same person, generally yeah, you can have more say, in a way," said Stout.

Wooten said presidential elections usually have a 30 percent turnout. However, for Stout is important to vote regardless the race.

"Even if it's the governor or the president, every type of vote counts," said Stout.

Registrars will still receive more ballots in the mail before Tuesday night. If you are voting on Tuesday, Wooten recommends to have your ID ready to speed up the process. She said she does not anticipate long lines for folks in Waynesboro.


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