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Low Turnout Expected on Election Day, Absentee Votes Emphasized

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Voter registrars across the state are working hard to process absentee ballots and voter registration forms before Election Day.

Most registrars expect about a 40 percent overall turnout this year, far lower than last year's presidential election. Both sides know that means every vote will count, putting extra emphasis on absentee ballots cast ahead of Election Day.

"Absentee voting in Virginia is designed for those people who can't get to the polls for a particular reason. If they're ill, or if they know they're going to be out of town on business, or similar circumstances," said Kirk Showalter, Richmond general registrar.

For the first time this year, you can register to vote online at the Virginia Board of Elections website.

The deadline to register is October 15. 

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