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Virginia Absentee Voting Up Sharply Over 2017, Particularly Among Younger Voters

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Check out the graphics, below, courtesy of VPAP (also, h/t to Richmond2Day for the “heads up” on this). What jumps out at me is that absentee voting is up, compared to last year, across Virginia, but: 1) we’re seeing this particularly among younger voters (up 197.9% for 18-25 statewide, up 152.9% for 26-40, only up around 82%-83% among voters over 60); 2) absentees are wayyyy up in the marquee race this year, VA-10, particularly among younger voters (which should bode very well for Jennifer Wexton); 3) absentees are also looking strong in VA-05 and VA-07, again particularly strongly among younger voters (will hopefully boost Leslie Cockburn and Abigail Spanberger to victory); and 4) there’s a big increase (up 265.7%) statewide among young women (18-25), which also bodes well for Democrats. Of course, as always the question is what these increased absentee voting numbers mean for election day, whether this more “shifting” in WHEN people vote or an indication of actual increased voter turnout overall. We’ll see for sure on 11/6, but for now at least, I like the look of these numbers…