Through Tuesday afternoon, the Shenandoah Valley turned up in a major way at the polls.
Election officials across Harrisonburg told us they had high expectations for the 2018 midterm turnout. Even with those expectations, they said they were still surprised by how many people voted.
8,239 people had voted in Harrisonburg as of 3:00 p.m. Those voters accounted for about 31% of the registered voters. Harrisonburg had already passed its percentage of voters in the 2014 midterm election. That year, only about 30% of voters showed up to the polls throughout the whole day.
In contrast, over 63% of voters came out for the 2016 presidential election and 42% came out for the 2017 gubernatorial election.
There was a similar story in Rockingham County. 23,799 people had voted as of 4:00 p.m. In 2014, 20,766 people voted in the county.
Elsewhere in the Valley, the city of Waynesboro had over 40% turnout by 3 p.m. In 2014, the city had 41.5% of voters turn out. In the 2016 presidential election, the city had 70% of its voters turn out.
In Staunton, the voter registrar estimated 40-50% turnout as of 3 p.m., compared to 42% turnout in 2014 and 69% turnout in 2016.
Augusta County does not report voter turnout until the end of the day. In 2014, however, the county had 46% of voters turn out to vote in midterm elections, compared to the 2016 presidential election with 82% turnout.
According to NextGen America, voter turnout at colleges and universities across Virginia was significantly up this election as well. Even by 1 p.m., Shenandoah University, Radford University, and the University of Virginia had all exceeded their turnout numbers from 2014.
WHSV will update these turnout numbers once final votes have been recorded.