Williamsburg and James City County break voter registration records, again

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The Historical Triangle saw significant voter registration between Oct. 21 and Oct. 22, after a federal judge ordered Virginia’s voter registration process be extended until 11:59 p.m. last Friday.

James City County saw 292 citizens register to vote between the original voter registration deadline of Oct. 17 and Oct. 23, the day after the voter registration extension deadline.

This 0.52 percent increase breaks James City County’s previous record-setting numbers of voter registrations and brings the total number of voters registered in James City County to 56,200.

York County saw an increase of 348 registered voters between Oct. 17-23. The increase does not break the record set in 2012 of 46,854 registered voters. The total number of registered voters increased by 0.76 percent since Oct. 17 to 45,850.

“My guess is that it was people who had made the original deadline by Oct. 17, but for various reasons we weren’t able to process until after the deadline,” York County General Registrar Walt Latham said of the additional registrants. “As well as people who applied between Oct. 18 and the extended deadline of Oct. 21.” 

Williamsburg City also broke the previous records set on Oct. 17 by a total of 26 registered voters between Oct.17-23. The total number of registered voters increased by 0.22 percent to 12,016 as of Oct. 23.

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