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Summary of Virginia Registration & Turnout Statistics

November General Elections: 1976 - Present

     

Year

Total Registered

Percentage Change from Previous Year

Total Voting

Turnout (% Voting of Total Registered)

Voting Absentee (Included in Total Voting)

2010
5,032,144
-1.55%
2,214,503
44.01%
106,888
2009
4,955,750
-1.56%
2,000,812
40.4%
88182

2008

5,034,660 

 10.7%   

 3,752,858

74.5% 

506,672 

2007

4,549,864

- 0.1%

 1,374,526

30.2% 

30,619 

  2006  

4,554,683

2.3%

2,398,589 

52.7%

116,629

2005

4,452,225

- 1.5%

2,000,052 

45.0% 

75,982 

2004

4,517,980

7.1%

3,223,156

71.4%

222,059

2003

4,217,227

 - 0.1%

1,296,955

30.8%

35,716

2002

4,219,957

2.7%

1,331,915

39.4%

44,493

2001

4,109,127

0.9%

1,905,511

46.4%

52,344

2000

4,073,644

7.0%

2,789,808 

 68.5%

150,414

1999

3,808,754

2.3%

1,373,527

36.1%

10,686

1998

3,724,683

4.5%

1,229,139

33.0%

31,494

1997

3,565,697

7.3%

1,764,476

49.5%

47,571

1996*

3,322,740

9.4%

2,468,229

74.3%

116,606

1995

3,038,394

1.3%

1,585,783

52.2%

45,785

1994

3,000,560

0.9%

2,078,106

69.3%

81,636

1993 

2,975,121

-2.6%**

1,817,777

61.1%

53,904

1992

3,055,486

9.4%

2,582,966

84.5%

141,123

1991

2,791,747

2.1%

1,371,940

49.1%

***

1990

2,735,339

-0.1%

1,252,971

45.8%

25,785

1989

2,737,340

-4.9%**

1,821,242

66.5%

54,177

1988

2,877,144

8.3%

2,231,876

77.6%

108,237

1987

2,657,412

1.8%

1,571,110

59.1%

38,505

1986

2,609,698

0.5%

1,115,179

42.7%

22,589

1985

2,597,904

-2.9%**

1,377,966

53.0%

32,943

1984

2,675,641

14.8%

2,180,515

81.5%

113,686

1983

2,330,595

4.3%

1,178,707

50.6%

***

1982

2,234,011

0.9%

1,454,628

65.1%

32,340

1981

2,214,926

-4.1%**

1,437,382

64.8%

30,584

1980

2,309,181

12.6%

1,881,648

81.4%

84,811

1979

2,050,499

1.2%

1,059,158

51.6%

***

1978

2,026,515

0.2%

1,251,471

61.7%

26,989

1977

2,022,619

-4.8%**

1,267,208

62.7%

29,970

1976

2,123,849

 

1,716,182

80.8%

***

Last updated: 07-27-2009 

SOURCE: COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA , OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS,
COMPILED BY THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS

* The National Voter Registration Act ("Motor Voter") was implemented in Virginia beginning in March 1996.  This Act allowed voter registration forms to be submitted through Department of Motor Vehicles offices and other designated agencies, or to be submitted by mail.  Prior to NVRA, most applicants had to appear in person, before a registrar, in order to register.  (Uniformed and Overseas voters were exempt from the in-person registration requirement.)

** Prior to implementation of the National Voter Registration Act ("Motor Voter") in March 1996, any Virginia voter who had not voted in four years was removed from the voting rolls ("purged").  Significant purges after presidential elections (of voters who had registered for the previous presidential election but did not vote in the next one) were the norm.  "Purges" of non-voters no longer occur.  Now, under federal and state laws, a voter who appears to have moved from their residence of registration, but has not responded to a request to confirm their residence, is maintained on the voter lists as "inactive" through the next two federal elections.  "Inactive" voters are eligible to vote if they re-register, or if they appear at the polls (or apply to vote absentee) and confirm that they have not moved (or have moved, but within the same locality and congressional district).  If they do not reactivate their registrations, they are removed from the rolls after two federal elections have passed.  The total number registered voters, in the chart above, includes active, inactive and overseas voters.  (You may see these voters broken out into separate categories in other registration reports.)

*** Absentee turnout was not reported separately for this election.

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