Turnout Is Light

Chesterfield and Henrico Follow State Trends

November 03, 2020 - 1:33 pm
Campaign signs at a polling place in Western Chesterfield (Photo Credit: Matt Demlein/WRVA)

(Photo Credit: Matt Demlein/WRVA)


(UNDATED) -- Turnout for this election day is lighter than it would be during a normal presidential election. That's mainly due to the option people had for absentee in-person voting that was in effect for about a month-and-a-half in Virginia. 

A lot of people took advantage of early voting, so that means that turnout has been light in Chesterfield and Henrico counties as well as throughout the state. 

Both Chesterfield and Henrico saw a good number of voters at polling places early this morning. Once the morning rush ended, the stream of voters has been steady. There have been no issues of intimidation or violence and no reports of any abnormally long lines during a presidential election.

Chesterfield Registrar  Constance Hargrove says that some lines may seem longer than they actually are since those in line are practicing social distancing while waiting. The only issue that Hargrove says she saw in her county was a couple of jammed up ballot machines that were fixed quickly. Henrico Registrar Mark Coakley says they had the same jam-up issue that was quickly fixes at a couple polling places. He says the only other issue they've had are vehicle back-ups for those who are taking advantage of early voting. That option is available for those who don't want to go inside during a pandemic.

Minor issue and no voter intimidation reported throughout the state. State Department of Elections Commissioner Christopher Piper says almost half of the registered voters in the state have already cast their ballot so turnout is light throughout the state.