Lynchburg experiences high early voting turnout ahead of Primary Day
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - June 8 marked another important day for Republicans and Democrats in Virginia.
It’s the day of primaries for both parties.
Voters in the Lynchburg area cast their ballots Tuesday, but even more did so ahead of time.
“If you look at the numbers compared to past years in a primary such as this, we had about a thousand voters come in person to vote or vote by mail,” said Christine Gibbons, City of Lynchburg director of elections and general registrar.
Gibbons says that number tops those of previous primary years.
She says the early barrage could be attributed to a change in voting laws last year.
People don’t have to provide an excuse to vote ahead of time, which sparked more early ballots this year.
“Early voting, no excuse, is available for our voters 45 days before each election now,” said Gibbons.
For this primary, that early voting has jumped ahead for one of the parties.
“It’s the Democrats that we have more people coming out and voting with both early voting and both voting by mail for this election,” said Gibbons.
But no matter if you choose to vote on Primary Day or before, the registrar’s office hopes the trend continues.
“I hope that we can see some more early voting as more people understand that it wasn’t just for the November election. It’s here to stay,” said Gibbons.
As of about 11 a.m., 842 voters cast a ballot Tuesday in the Hill City. Gibbons says typically less than 12% of city voters cast a ballot for primaries.
Lynchburg has 55,000 registered voters.
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