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Editorial: Dedicated

Regardless of the eventual victors, whenever they are all officially declared, there was one clear winner on Tuesday night—the electoral process and, more specifically, the way that voting was conducted here in Gloucester and Mathews counties.

Despite being in the midst of a global pandemic, voters still found a way to participate and election officials found ways to accommodate them while still making the process a safe one.

According to Newsweek, “signs are indicating that voter turnout in the 2020 election will be the highest seen in 120 years since the 1900 election, when turnout was 73.7 percent.” Wow.

The voting-eligible population in the U.S. is just over 239 million people, according to the U.S. Elections Project, with 160 million people having voted, making 2020 turnout a predicted 66.9 percent.

That percentage is much higher in our two counties, with 76 percent of Gloucester and 82 percent of Mathews registered voters casting ballots, which are astonishing totals...

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