GOP push to sup­port ear­ly vot­ing gets impor­tant test as elec­tions open in Vir­ginia

GOP push to support early voting gets important test as elections open in Virginia

Repub­li­cans are look­ing to Vir­ginia on Fri­day for ear­ly notions about the future of ear­ly and absen­tee vot­ing for the par­ty as ear­ly vot­ing begins in the state for every seat in both cham­bers of the state’s leg­is­la­ture.
Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R‑VA) has encour­aged his con­stituents to vote ear­ly ahead of Novem­ber’s elec­tion despite alle­ga­tions of wide­spread vot­er fraud that have large­ly been ped­dled by for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in the after­math of the 2020 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Trump said the vot­er fraud large­ly occurred in ear­ly and absen­tee vot­ing.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin address­es the crowd dur­ing an ear­ly vot­ing ral­ly Thurs­day Sep. 21, 2023, in Peters­burg, Vir­ginia. Every state leg­isla­tive seat will be on the bal­lot in the Novem­ber elec­tion, and both par­ties see a pos­si­ble path to a major­i­ty. Ear­ly vot­ing began in Vir­ginia on Fri­day, Sept. 22, 2023.
(AP Photo/Steve Hel­ber)

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