Election Day Looms

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Candidates running in the November elections filed new campaign finance reports this week and in Virginia’s 9th District, Democratic challenger Anthony Flaccavento out-raised the incumbent, Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith, during the most recent reporting period. Between July 1st and September 30th, Flaccavento raised $502,403.89. Griffith brought in $229,664.56. At the end of the reporting period, Griffith had cash on hand totaling $480,193.60. The Flaccavento campaign reported $161,163.28 cash on hand.

Democrat Tim Kaine had almost eight times more campaign cash than Republican Corey Stewart as Virginia’s U.S. Senate race entered its final stretch, according to fundraising reports filed this week. Kaine raised roughly $2.4 million in the third quarter, surpassing $20 million raised for the entire cycle. Stewart raised a little more than $1 million for the quarter, pushing his total fundraising to about $2.1 million. Kaine, polling well ahead of Stewart in most public surveys, reported having more than $5 million on hand as of Sept. 30, compared with about $650,000 in the bank for Stewart.

The postmark date on a mailed absentee ballot means little. It only gets counted only if it’s received by 7 p.m. Election Day. Late-mailed absentee ballots arrive after every election, but the problem seemed worse last year. A person can vote by “absentee in person.” This happens when a registered voter walks into a local registrar’s office and fills out an application swearing he or she will be unable to vote at the polls Election Day. In that case, the voter casts a ballot then and there. The deadline to vote “absentee in person” is Nov. 3. (If you haven’t yet registered to vote, it’s too late for the upcoming election. The deadline was Monday.) According to a report issued this week by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project, “absentee in person” voting is occurring at a pace nearly double that of the 2017 elections. The deadline to apply for a ballot by mail if you’re already registered is Oct. 30. This year, the deadline to return that ballot is 7 p.m. Nov. 6, Election Day. The vote will not be counted unless the registrar has that ballot by then.

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