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NEW ANALYSIS: Early Voting in Virginia Among Rising American Electorate Is Outperforming 2013 Levels

November 6, 2017
2017 RAE Early/Absentee Vote is 57% Higher Than 2013

Non-RAE Early/Absentee Vote is Only 44% Higher Than 2013

A new analysis by the Voter Participation Center of 2017 absentee voting and early voting in Virginia shows that key groups in the Rising American Electorate — unmarried women, people of color, and young people — have voted in higher numbers than they did in the 2013 Virginia elections. The RAE also commanded a larger share of absentee and early voting than they did in 2013.

“It’s great that Virginians are taking advantage of options to vote early and by absentee,” said Page Gardner, president of the Voter Participation Center. “Our democracy works best when people exercise their right to vote and have their voices heard. I’m encouraged to see higher levels of participation among the Rising American Electorate than 2013 in early voting in such a critical election for the future of the Commonwealth and the country.”

Here is a link to a spreadsheet with voting numbers.

Among key groups in Virginia, AV/EV (Absentee Voting/Early Voting) is up from 2013 levels:

  • RAE voting AV/EV is up 57% from 2013 — 76,312 voters so far in 2017
  • People of color voting AV/EV is up 79% — 28,616 voters so far in 2017
  • African Americans voting AV/EV is up 53% — 17,047 voters so far in 2017
  • Asian American and Pacific Islanders voting AV/EV is up 195% — 5,221 voters so far in 2017
  • Latinos voting AV/EV is up 114% — 3,444 voters so far in 2017
  • Millennials voting AV/EV is up 68% — 26,864 voters so far in 2017
  • Unmarried women voting AV/EV is up 47% — 45,527 voters so far in 2017

The share of AV/EV is up among key groups in Virginia, too, from 2013 levels:

  • RAE share of AV/EV is up 2% from 2013 — 42.53% in 2017 vs 40.54% in 2013
  • People of color share is up 2.67% — 15.95% in 2017 vs 13.28% in 2013
  • African American share is up 0.23% — 10% in 2017 vs 9% in 2013
  • Millennials share is up 1.66% — 14.97% in 2017 vs 13.31% in 2013

Other important groups are underperforming in AV/EV in Virginia:

  • Unmarried women have decreased their share of AV/EV by 0.35% — 25% in 2017 vs 26% in 2013
  • White voters decreased their share of AV/EV by 2.67% — 84% in 2017 vs 87% in 2013
  • Voters 80 and older have only increased their AV/EV by 26% relative to 2013 — 17,689 voters so far in 2017
  • Voters 80 and older decreased their share of AV/EV by 1.80% — 10% in 2017 vs 12% in 2013
 

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