Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s 17-year-old son tried to vote twice on Election Day, but was rejected by poll workers both times because of his age, officials said.
The teenager attempted to cast his vote at the Hickory-area polling station at Great Falls Library, which is not the designated polling place for his address, election officials. He told NBC4.
“This morning, November 5, 2021, the Registrar General was informed of concerns that there are 17 [year-old] “On two election day voting occasions,” the Fairfax County Elections Office mentioned to NBC4 in a statement.
The statement added that “the young man presented an identity card, but he was not eligible to register because of his age and was not allowed to vote.” “The man was given a registration form and encouraged to register in the upcoming elections.”
He was not charged with any crimes.
Scott Konopasic, the Fairfax County Registrar, said it appears the minor has committed any kind of offense under Virginia’s election laws. It is expressly illegal to provide fraudulent information to vote – however, attempting to vote when you do not qualify and do not succeed is not clearly defined as a crime.
“The man did not vote. He did not make false statements. He did not disrupt the vote,” Konopasic said in a statement. “Based on the information now available to me, it appears that he did not commit any electoral offense as defined in Chapter 10 of the Elections Act.”
According to handwritten notes From the head of the Hickory constituency, the teen first arrived at 9:30 a.m. on election day and asked for the ballot. He was told he had to be 18 to vote and instead was offered the recording – which he declined – before leaving, NBC4 reported.
He returned half an hour later at 10 am and asked for a poll and was again told that he was ineligible to vote and presented the registration form which he refused again.
“He would have refused if he was not able to vote today,” the president wrote in his memoirs.
The Yongkin campaign responded to the incident in a statement, claiming the teen’s attempts to vote were a misunderstanding of the law — and blaming the information being made public on political rivals.
“It is unfortunate that while Glenn attempts to unite the Commonwealth around his positive message of better schools, safer streets, lower cost of living and more jobs, his political opponents – maddened by their historic losses this year – are promoting opposition research on a 17-year-old. A general honestly misunderstood Virginia’s election law and simply asked polling officials if he was eligible to vote; when he learned he wasn’t, he went to school,” the report said.
Youngkin shocked the nation when he defeated former Governor Terry McAuliffe in a surprise race for Virginia’s governor, attracting the largest number of voters in the state’s recent history.