Local precincts see jump in voter turnout compared to last midterm election

Citizens cast their votes at Cornerstone Community Church. (WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Local registrar's offices say voter turnout spiked during this year's midterm elections.

Some locations were up more than 10 percent from past years.

In years past, statewide turnout in off year and midterm elections have hovered around 40 percent.

But this year several local offices are reporting numbers upwards of 50 percent.

In Lynchburg, the registrar's office says there were more than 53,000 people registered to vote by October 15th, which is the deadline to vote in Tuesday night's election.

The city of Lynchburg says they're looking at about 50 percent of voters who actually turned up to the polls.

That's about 15 percent more than they saw in the 2014 midterm election.

In Roanoke, the registrar's office is still working to get those numbers. But they say of the 31,000 people registered to vote, about half of them cast ballots Tuesday.

The registrar's office says that does not include provisional ballots.

In Danville, there were just under 28,000 people registered to vote.

On Tuesday, polling places saw around 54 percent turnout to the polls, which is a 15% jump from the 2014 Midterm Election.

The registrar's offices say these numbers are tentative and are expecting another report from the Department of Elections by Monday.

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