Higher than nor­mal voter turnout

37.5 per­cent of Peters­burg vot­ers cast bal­lots

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By John Adam Staff Writer

PETERS­BURG — Voter turnout in Peters­burg en­joyed a sig­nif­i­cant bump dur­ing last week’s elec­tions. Ac­cord­ing to the Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Elec­tions, as of Au­gust 2016, there are 21,702 reg­is­tered vot­ers in Peters­burg. Tammy Alexander of the Peters­burg Elec­toral Board said that ap­prox­i­mately 37.5 per­cent of those reg­is­tered vot­ers turned out for the 2017 elec­tion, which is the high­est turnout for a non-pres­i­den­tial elec­tion since 2005. Alexander noted that the voter turnout is nor­mally much higher for pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. By com­par­i­son, in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, the turnout was 62.6 per­cent in Peters­burg.

“It’s def­i­nitely good for a gu­ber­na­to­rial year,” said Alexander.

Alexander noted the elec­tions of­fice was

“quite pleased” and joked that there were sev­eral mo­ments where they thought they might run out of bal­lots, though they did not.

In terms of to­tal amount of votes cast in Peters­burg, the gover­nor’s race was at the top, with 8,167 to­tal votes cast. The At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s race was a close sec­ond with 8,102 to­tal votes, fol­lowed by the Lieu­tenant Gover­nor’s race with 8,074.

For lo­cal con­tested elec­tions, the sher­iff’s race had a to­tal of 7,966 votes cast, and the Trea­surer’s race had 7,917 to­tal votes cast.

De­spite the con­tro­ver­sies with the Trea­surer’s of­fice that have oc­curred

over the past sev­eral years, the to­tal votes cast was only a lit­tle bit higher than it was in 2013, go­ing up by 445 to­tal votes.

In the gover­nor’s race, Demo­cratic can­di­date and even­tual win­ner Ralph Northam re­ceived 7,164 votes, Repub­li­can can­di­date Ed Gille­spie re­ceived 938. Lib­er­tar­ian can­di­date Cliff Hyra re­ceived 56 votes, along with 9 write-in

can­di­dates.

Across the com­mon­wealth, voter turnout was up ap­prox­i­mately 16 per­cent com­pared to the 2013 gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tions in terms of raw bal­lots cast, ac­cord­ing to Dave Wasser­man of fivethir­tyeight.com.

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