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.
The Vice Chair of the State Board of Elections is asking whether a new state law expanding the Attorney General’s power to investigate election irregularities will create a conflict of interest this fall. Kimberly Bowers, who is the Democratic appointee to the Board, raised the issue as the members held a meeting in Richmond. This year’s campaign season will be the first test of the new law.
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.