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Voter Turnout Surge after 2016 Reveals Dissatisfaction among Virginians

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A recent analysis by the Virginia Public Access Project revealed that the voter turnout in Virginia surged in the off-year elections since the 2016 presidential elections.

The analysis revealed that the voters, who either support or are against Donald Trump, have showed up in record numbers to reflect their views on the President, even in the local elections.

Speaking on the rise in voters’ count since 2016 elections, political scientist Stephen Farnsworth said, “We’ve seen, across the Trump presidency so far, huge spikes in turnout in Virginia. And it’s very clear that President Donald Trump brings a lot of people to the voting booth. Some vote in support, but, as we saw in Virginia, more vote in opposition.”

The report also revealed that even though Virginia’s voter turnout has always achieved 70 percent mark during the presidential elections, the turnout used to fall by 30 to 40 percent during the off-year elections.

However, since the 2016 elections, after Trump was defeated in Virginia by six points, voters have been participating proactively in the polls.

During the off-year elections in 2011 and 2015, the voter turnout was 29 percent each time. However, things changed last year, when the turnout achieved a record 43 percent, leading to the Democratic majority in Virginia State legislature in 2019.

The reasons behind the huge voter turnout in the 2019 off-year election vary from GOP’s oppressive abortion policies to lack of gun control laws. Yet, the political scenario surrounding the White House played a key role in turning Virginia’s state legislature to blue from red for the first time in more than 25 years.

Furthermore, with the president facing impeachment trial, there is a high chance that he might see the same fate as that of 2016 once again in Virginia.

The prime reason behind Trump’s possible defeat would be entirely based on his abuse of power, introduction of nationwide emergency and transfer of funds for the border wall.

The result of the recently conducted Mason-Dixon survey has also added to the woes of the Republicans and Trump.

As per the polls, former Vice President Joe Biden is leading the presidential race in the state of Florida and Virginia, emerging as the only candidate who can defeat Trump in the 2020 elections.

While the poll results have brought good news for Biden’s presidential campaign, it has left the Democratic Party in debate over supporting a progressive or a moderate candidate, raising questions on the popularity of other Democratic candidates.

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