November 2, 2010
Absentee balloting in Tuesday's midterm congressional elections in Virginia is on pace to match or top absentee voting in the 2006 midterm elections.
But an Associated Press analysis shows it will be far short of the absentees cast in the presidential race two years ago.
As of Monday morning, 135,239 voters had applied for absentee ballots and 80 percent of them had been returned. In 2006, the total number of absentee votes counted was 116,629.
October 26 was the deadline to apply for absentee ballots. To be counted, absentees must be returned to local registrars by poll closing at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Absentee balloting is strong considering there is no statewide race accompanying this year's U.S. House races. The last time that happened was 1998.