Virginia Voted

Wed, 2017-11-08

Carolyn J Lukensmeyer | Medium

Yesterday voters in states across the country went to the polls to elect governors, mayors, city councilors and state legislators and to consider referendums.

In Virginia, which holds off year elections for governor, the turnout was the highest it has been in 20 years. Dr. Ralph Northam (D), now the governor-elect, won more votes than any previous candidate for the office. It was the highest voter turnout in the last four gubernatorial elections in the Commonwealth, and Virginians cast 180,000 absentee ballots — 60,000 more than those cast in the last governors’ race.

Virginia voters provided a few firsts to match the high voter turnout:

Danica Roen was elected to the House of Delegates and will be the first transgender state legislator in Virginia

Kathy Tran, a former Vietnamese refugee, became the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the House of Delegates.