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Virginia Primary Day 2020: Open Thread

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UPDATE 2:48 pm – Well, at least we know that Democratic absentee ballots are high in Fairfax County…

UPDATE 12:51 pm – According to data from the State Board of Elections, Republicans as of yesterday morning had submitted 58,939 absentee ballot applications and returned 26,937 (including 21,713 by mail and 5,201 in person). Overwhelmingly, the reason given for requesting an absentee ballot was “Disability or Illness.” VA01 Republicans submitted 5,633 absentee ballot applications, or 10% of the state total. VA02 Republicans submitted 9,187 absentee ballot applications, or 16% of the state total. VA03 Republicans submitted 4,419 absentee ballot applications, or 7% of the state total. VA04 Republicans submitted 4,018 absentee ballot applications, or 7% of the state total. VA05 Republicans submitted 4,182 absentee ballot applications, or 7% of the state total. VA06 Republicans submitted 6,649 absentee ballot applications, or 11% of the state total. VA07 Republicans submitted 6,086 absentee ballot applications, or 10% of the state total. VA08 Republicans submitted 6,008 absentee ballot applications, or 10% of the state total. VA09 Republicans submitted 3,441 absentee ballot applications, or 6% of the state total. VA10 Republicans submitted 6,068 absentee ballot applications, or 10% of the state total. VA11 Republicans submitted 3,248 absentee ballot applications, or 6% of the state total.

UPDATE 12:38 pm – According to data from the State Board of Elections, Democrats as of yesterday morning had submitted 118,181 absentee ballot applications and returned 65,734 (including 60,344 by mail and 5,329 in person). Overwhelmingly, the reason given for requesting an absentee ballot was “Disability or Illness.” VA11 Dems submitted 47,958 absentee ballot applications, or 41% of the state total. VA05 Dems submitted 23,359 absentee ballot applications, or 20% of the state total. VA04 Dems submitted 20,929 absentee ballot appplications, or 18% of the state total. And VA01 Dems submitted 19,372 absentee ballot applications, or 16% of the state total.

UPDATE 12:05 pm – Extremely low turnout in Arlington County, where it’s the VA GOP U.S. Senate primary on the ballot, and in Fairfax County, where it’s the VA GOP U.S. Senate primary and the VA11 Dem primary.

UPDATE 11:44 amThis isn’t good: “Virginia Beach voting officials are dealing with an issue with the city’s electronic voting machines in Tuesday’s primary election. According to city officials, the problem is with the electronic pollbooks. These are the computers poll workers use to verify that voters are registered and at the correct polling location. Donna Patterson with the Virginia Beach Registrar’s Office says the issue began when polls opened at 6 a.m. and it’s believed to be affecting all polling places in Virginia Beach. At 10 a.m., The Virginia Beach Registrar’s Office said electric polling was working at some locations, but not all.”

Today is primary election day in Virginia (polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm; vote at your regular polling location…and of course wear face covering). Yesterday, I previewed the primaries:

  • U.S. Senate, GOP nomination: Daniel Gade, Thomas Speciale, Alissa Baldwin
  • VA01, Democratic Nomination: Qasim Rashid vs. Vangie Williams
  • VA02, GOP Nomination: Scott Taylor, Ben Loyola, Jarome Bell
  • VA04, Democratic Nomination: Rep. Donald McEachin vs. R. Cazel Levine
  • VA05, Democratic Nomination: RD Huffstetler, John Lesinski, Claire Russo, Cameron Webb
  • VA11, Democratic Nomination: Rep. Gerry Connolly vs. Zainab Mohsini

As always, make sure your voice is heard by voting!

With that…what are you seeing and hearing out there? What’s turnout like in your neck of the woods? Who did you vote for and why? Feel free to add your observations in the comments section.