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A look at election turnout


Just a shade under 43 percent of registered voters in Loudoun County came out for Election Day 2013.

The county saw 89,716 voters cast their ballot … 42.96 percent of the total registered.

While certainly a poor showing in comparison to the presidential election turnout of 75.23 percent in 2012, this was the highest turnout in Loudoun for a gubernatorial election since the 1997 matchup between Don Beyer and Jim Gilmore. That hard fought race saw 47 percent of Loudouners turn out – although since it was a smaller county, the voter totals represented less than half the number of actual voters at the polls this year.

In truth, Loudoun saw its highest number of voters for a nonpresidential election ever. Representing the expanding nature of Loudoun County, more voters went to polls in 2013 than voted in the 2000 presidential election.

In contrast, only 36.57 percent of Loudouners came out for the uneven governor’s race between Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds in 2009.

Precinct by precinct, the Firehouse precinct in the Blue Ridge district had the highest turnout percentage with 51.57 percent – although this smaller area boasted only 444 votes.
The Ridgetop precinct saw the lowest turnout percentage-wise with only 309 voters from a 1,424 base of those registered.

The Virginia House of Delegates districts were redrawn in 2011 with the aim of each district representing about 88,900 residents.

Among the Loudoun districts, Barbara Comstock saw the largest voter turnout, receiving 14,935 votes and winning 50.66 percent of the vote. Comstock’s 34th District is spread between Loudoun and Fairfax counties.

Randy Minchew saw the highest percentage win in the 10th District, beating his opponent with 56.76 percent or 13,219 votes. That district has voters in Loudoun, Clarke and Frederic counties.

Loudoun Turnout in the past 10 years
2013 42.96% turnout for governor and delegate elections
2012 75.23% turnout for presidential, senate and representative elections
2011 28.17% turnout for constitutional officers, General Assembly, School Board and Board of Supervisors
2010 38.99% turnout for House of Representatives election

2009 36.57% turnout for governor and delegate elections
2008 77.92% turnout for presidential, senate and representative elections
2007 33.8% turnout for constitutional officers, General Assembly, School Board and Board of Supervisors
2006 53.1% turnout for House of Representatives election

2005 41.6% turnout for governor and delegate elections
2004 77.5% turnout for presidential, senate and representative elections
2003 31.5% turnout for constitutional officers, General Assembly, School Board and Board of Supervisors
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