75,000 residents eligible to vote Nov. 5

Posted: October 26, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — More than 75,000 area residents are registered to vote in the Nov. 5 election.

Voter registrars in Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties provided their most recent tallies on Friday.

In the city, 14,843 people are registered, Registrar Joyce Braithwaite said.

That compares to 15,502 for last year’s presidential election, and 13,899 in 2009, the last time a gubernatorial race was held.

In the 2012 race, 10,323 voters, or about 67 percent, turned out, Braithwaite said. In 2009, about 39 percent — 5,352 — voted.

As of the beginning of the month, 51,896 people were registered to vote in Frederick County, Registrar Rick Miller said.

That compares to 51,884 in 2012, and 46,362 four years ago.

Last year, 36,394 — about 70 percent of the county’s registered voters — took part in the presidential elections, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections.

In the 2009 gubernatorial race, 17,755 people — about 38 percent — cast their ballots in Frederick County, according to the Board of Elections.

Clarke County Registrar Barbara Bosserman said that as of Thursday, 9,977 people were registered to vote.

In 2012, 10,259 were registered and 7,791 voted, for a 76 percent turnout rate.

In the 2009 election, 4,355 of 9,516, about 46 percent, turned out, Bosserman said.

In this year’s gubernatorial race, Republican Ken Cuccinelli is running against Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Libertarian Robert Sarvis.

Republican E.W. Jackson is vying with Democrat state Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Painter, for lieutenant governor.

State Sen. Mark Herring, D-Leesburg, and state Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, are seeking the attorney general post.

In the 10th House District, incumbent Randy Minchew, R-Leesburg, is being challenged by Democrat Monte Jackson.

In the 29th House District, Republican Mark Berg is running against Independent Larry Yates.

Democrat Mary Costello Daniel, Republican Dave LaRock and Libertarian Patrick Hagerty are running for the 33rd District House seat.

— Contact Sally Voth atsvoth@winchesterstar.com