Virginia’s Elections Commissioner says turnout among registered voters on Nov. 6 was “slightly unprecedented” for a midterm election. “We also saw some pretty impressive absentee ballot numbers…The numbers of the return ballots and the overall turn out,” Commissioner Christopher Piper said. The State Board of Elections certified the votes for the election on Monday. The Department of Elections is still crunching the numbers, but Commissioner Piper said they roughly estimate that over 50 percent of eligible Virginians voted in the election. On Oct. 29, the Department of Elections said more than 5.6 million people had registered to vote and nearly 200,000 absentee ballots were filled out and returned the week before Election Day.
The official numbers will be released in a report that Piper and his staff will be putting together for the Dec. 21 meeting.
This will also include an overall evaluation of how the election went. It’s typical after every election for the department to put together a report like this, going over lessons learned and any problem areas that need to be sorted out before the next one.
“We dealt with some issues, but we were able to run through them relatively smoothly,” Commissioner Piper said.