Virginians embrace early in-person voting over mail-in ballots

Virginia Elections

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Over 2.8 million voters cast their ballot early in-person and by mail during last year’s presidential election.

Those numbers have dropped a little this year – likely due to lower overall turnout since no national races are on the ballot – with 1,142,155 cast as of Halloween. That’s still leagues above early voting in the last gubernatorial race in 2017, when just 195,634 ballots were cast early.

LocalityMail-in Ballots ReceivedIn-Person Early Ballots Received
Richmond City5,73120,016
Colonial Heights4012,562
This data is drawn from the Virginia Public Access Project.

Across the commonwealth, in-person early voting, where polls open for limited hours in the weeks leading up to the election, was far more popular than early mail-in voting.

Locality# of Early Votes per 1,000 Registered Voters
Richmond City165
Colonial Heights234
This data is drawn from the Virginia Public Access Project.

Chesterfield County had the highest rate of early voting in the region, with just over a quarter of registered voters choosing to cast their ballots early so far.

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