Voter Registration Soaring in Virginia (Daily Press)

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Voter registration has surged this year across Virginia compared to the white-hot 2012 presidential election — and some Peninsula communities are outpacing the state’s double-digit increase, state Elections Department data show.

Statewide, as hundreds of thousands flock to a new online registration system and Virginians contemplate some of the most provocative presidential candidates in American history, the number of voters added to the rolls during the first quarter of the year is up 35 percent from the 2012 total.

“These are absolutely huge numbers,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. “The number that’s really surprising is the increase after the March primary.”

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