While voter turnout for the last three Virginia gubernatorial elections was dismal, it’s possible that negative campaigning and scandals could discourage even more voters from going to the polls in November.
One political analyst believes the implications of the negative campaigns are greater than even low voter turnout.
Virginians who undervote or overvote but leave before the machine accepts their final ballots will be able to get some extra assistance from local election officials. That’s due to a new regulation adopted this week by the State Board of Elections. The extra step may not make much of a difference in lopsided elections, but it will help every vote get counted in the close ones.
With Congress in recess for the month President Obama is preparing to continue pressuring Republicans to work with him on job creation. Members of Virginia’s congressional delegation say that while his speeches rev up his base he still isn’t trying to work with the G-O-P.
If voters can wade through the scandals facing Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe and his GOP rival, Ken Cuccinelli, they'll find substantive events where both candidates present ideas for the Commonwealth’s future.