Good News for Democrats in Arlington County?
In a sign there could be a huge Democratic turnout for tomorrow's election, two out of every 10 voters in Arlington County has already cast an absentee ballot.
According to statistics from the State Board of Elections, 22 percent of Arlington's 149,000 registered voters have submitted an absentee ballot. Democrats leaders are hoping that Barack Obama can get at least 75 percent of the vote in Arlington, a Democratic stronghold.
Arlington is on pace to double the statewide average. Earlier today, the State Board of Elections announced that about 10 percent of all registered voters statewide had already cast an absentee ballot.
But Arlington County has received 33,294 completed absentee ballots, three times as many as it process in the 2004 presidential race. That year, just 8 percent of registered voters in Arlington County voted by absentee ballot.
By comparison, traditionally Republican Virginia Beach has processed 21,383 absentee ballots so far year. That is twice as many as 2004, but still just 8 percent of the total number of registered voters.
Voters have until tomorrow evening to submit a completed absentee ballot to their local registrars office.
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