The six-week early voting period that Virginia stupidly allows began today, and voters turned out en masse in an amazing display of ferver to get to the polling places. Take a look at this:
People waiting for hours in Virginia to cast their ballots. Despite this massive line, no complaints here. Voters tell us they are excited, and not taking any chances. pic.twitter.com/44gwG9tE6v
— Mary Bruce (@marykbruce) September 18, 2020
My God, it looks for all the world like a waiting line to get into a Trump Rally. Joe Biden, on the other hand, has literally never seen anything like it.
From a story at the New York Post:
Long lines packed with hundreds of voters were seen across Virginia Friday as in-person early voting kicked off there and in other states for the upcoming November general election.
Online videos showed masked and socially distanced Virginians lined up as far as the eye can see in the city of Fairfax to vote in the unprecedented presidential election amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A longtime poll worker in Fairfax told CNN that she had never seen turnout like Friday’s on the first day of early voting.
Arlington County’s elections office tweeted that 200 people cast ballots in the first hour of the polls being open.
Massive lines with enthusiastic voters were also reported in Alexandria and Virginia Beach.
All of which raises the obvious question: Are these anxious early-voting souls mostly Trump voters or are they mainly Biden/Harris Harris/Biden voters? Obviously, there is no real way to know, but we do have some clues to consider.
First, there is the fact that the article focuses on Arlington, Alexandria and Virginia Beach. Both Arlington and neighboring Alexandria are DC suburbs that became Democrat hotbeds during the Obama years and their massive expansion of the federal bureaucracies. In 2016, Hillary Clinton received more than 60% of the vote in those hardcore Democrat areas. Virginia Beach was more Trump-friendly in 2016, with Trump edging Clinton by about 5% of the vote there.
On the other hand, a couple of other factors mitigate in favor of the idea that these early voters could be a little more Trumpy in nature. First, there is the utter lack of enthusiasm for Biden that has been evident in every poll that has asked the “voter enthusiasm” question. Democrats just are really not at all excited about their nominee this year.
Then there’s the fact that Democrats have conditioned their voter base to be all a-skeered to go out and vote in person this year. Despite the Post’s contention that the voters in-line were all wearing masks and practicing “social distancing,” the video clearly shows that to be a false contention. Most are indeed wearing masks, but the social distancing leaves much to be desired.
Bottom line, it’s impossible to know whether these long lines are more Trump-heavy or Biden-heavy, but we can assume we will see similar scenes from all over the country between now and Election Day.
That is all.
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