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Update: Absentee Voting - So Far

Date: 10/12/2012

CORRECTION -- The information in this posting was based on incorrect information provided by the State Board of Elctions. The rate of absentee voting is actually behind 2008 levels. See corrected post HERE.

Early absentee ballot in Virginia is brisk in cities and counties that voted Republican in the last presidential election, according to a breakdown of absentee ballots cast so far this year for the November 6 election.

As of Friday, the State Board of Elections reports that 60,612 voters had mailed in an absentee ballot or cast an absentee vote in person since September 21. This year, Virginia Republicans are mobilizing supporters to "vote early" this year, to avoid a repeat of 2008 when Obama won nearly two-thirds of the 511,933 absentee ballots cast in Virginia.

An analysis by the Virginia Public Access Project shows:

  • Seven of the 10 localities reporting the fastest rate of absentee voting this year compared to four years ago were won by Republican John McCain.
  • Seven of the 10 localities reporting the slowest pace of absentee balloting this year were carried by Democrat Barack Obama.

The numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Absentee balloting runs through the Saturday before the election. Details on the rules governing who is qualified to cast absentee ballots can be found HERE.

HOW TO READ THESE CHARTS

Percentages below compare the number of absentee ballots cast so far in 2012 with the total number cast in 2008.

Blue: Localities carried by Obama in 2008; Red: Localities carried by McCain in 2008.

LOCALITIES WITH THE MOST BRISK ABSENTEE VOTING

Highest Percentage of Absentee Votes


LOCALITIES WITH THE SLOWEST RATE OF ABSENTEE VOTING

Lowest Percentage of Absentee Votes

Source: State Board of Elections