Getting a jump: Absentee voting in Virginia soars ahead of election (Washington Post)

Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said absentee voters are typically motivated.

“The surge in interest allows candidates to focus more on voters who are less inclined to make it out on Election Day,” he said.

“The more people vote early, the more campaigns can concentrate on people about whom they have doubts are going to show on Election Day,” he said.

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