WINCHESTER — Heading into the Nov. 5 election, Frederick County has a small increase in its number of registered voters, while Winchester and Clarke County have small decreases.
Oct. 15 was the last day to register to vote in the upcoming general election. A number of state and local races are on area ballots.
Winchester has 16,460 registered votes, according to city General Registrar Liz Martin. That’s a 0.5% decrease compared to last year, when 16,538 people were registered to vote.
Clarke County has 11,039 registered voters, says Clarke General Registrar Barbara Bosserman, which is down from 11,086 in 2018, a 0.4% dip.
The number of registered voters in Frederick County stands at 59,562, up from 59,200 in 2018, a 0.6% increase, according to Rich Venskoske, the Frederick general registrar.
From 2017 to 2018, voter registration numbers bumped up in all three localities. Winchester’s jumped 4.8%, Frederick’s increased 4.7% and Clarke’s went up 3.9%.
Increases in voter registration numbers are often indicative of new people moving into a locality or interest in a presidential election, officials said.
Local numbers may see an increase in 2020, when voters go to the polls to elect the country’s next president.
“Wait till next year,” Venskoske said.