- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia residents are rushing to register to vote ahead of the November election.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1OKwZow ) that nearly 35 percent more Virginia residents registered to vote in the first three months of 2016 compared to the same period four years ago. That’s according to data from the Virginia Department of Elections.

The data shows that roughly 40 percent of new voter registrations so far in 2016 were through the state’s online elections portal. More than 30 percent of people who registered applied through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The figures were made available through the Virginia Election Data Project. The project was produced by the State Board of Elections and local officials with the help of Pew Charitable Trusts.

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