Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Election authorities say Yangkin’s underage son tried to vote

RICHMOND, Virginia. – The young son of Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Yangkin tried twice to vote in Tuesday’s election, officials said Friday.

According to Scott Konopasek, the general registrar of Fairfax County, the 17-year-old son produced his ID, but was told he was not eligible to vote because of his age, and he turned it down. The statement said that the teenager did not vote successfully, did not make false statements, did not interfere with the vote and, apparently, “did not violate the elections.”

The statement mentions Yangkin’s son by name, arguing that the identification was based on simultaneous records by the Election Commissioner.

This was first reported by The Washington Post. The Associated Press does not name his son because he is a minor.

Youngkin defeated former Gov. Terry McAuliffe earlier this week, becoming the first Republican to win a governor’s race in Virginia since 2009. His victory was part of a Republican sweep on election night, which resulted in the GOP taking back two other offices in Virginia. The Democrats also said Friday night that they are ceding control of the House of Representatives. The Associated Press has yet to announce all House races.

A spokesman for Yangkin, who actively campaigned for election integrity, said his son had misunderstood the laws of Virginia.

“Unfortunately, as Glenn tries to rally the Commonwealth around his positive message of better schools, safer streets, lower cost of living and more jobs, his political opponents are outraged that they have suffered historic losses this year – promoting opposition research to a 17-year-old who sincerely misunderstood Virginia’s election law and simply asked election officials if he was eligible to vote; when he was told that he had not done so, he went to school, ”Devin O’Malley said in a statement.

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Virginia law allows anyone who is 17 and turns 18 by election day to register early and vote in any midterm primary or by-election.

Jennifer Chanty, the precinct chief, told The Washington Post that she met her son, who left after he was first told he was too young to vote. She said he came back a short time later, saying that a friend, who was also 17, was allowed to vote.

Youngkin, who has four children, made electoral integrity a centerpiece of his campaign during the GOP nomination battle, and for months he refused to say if President Joe Biden was legitimately elected.

After winning the nomination in May, Yangkin has largely focused on other issues, although he has drawn criticism from Democrats for his participation in the Liberty University election integrity rally, for indirectly answering the question of whether he would confirm the 2020 election, and for campaigning with the state. Senator Amanda Chase, a prominent supporter of conspiracy theories.

During the debate, he said there was “no significant fraud” in the 2020 elections, which he called “credibly fair.”

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