The 17-year-old son of Virginia’s governor-elect Glenn Youngkin has twice tried to cast his ballot on Election Day even though he is not yet eligible to vote, election officials confirmed to News4. He was unsuccessful in his attempt to vote.
News4 did not name Yongkin’s son because he is a minor and has not been charged with a crime.
Fairfax County election officials said the teen went to the Hickory-area polling station at Great Falls Library. The site is not a polling place assigned to his home address.
Election workers were able to determine that he was ineligible to vote and would not allow him to vote. The Fairfax County Elections Office said it was investigating the incident.
“This morning, November 5, 2021, the Registrar General was informed of concerns that there are 17 [year-old] Try to mention twice the vote on Election Day. The young man presented an ID but was not eligible to register because of his age and was not allowed to vote. “The man obtained a registration form and encouraged him to register in the upcoming elections,” the election office said in a statement.
Scott Konopasek, the Fairfax County Registrar, said it was unclear if the teen broke any electoral laws. Virginia’s criminal law makes it a crime to use fraudulent information to vote, but attempting to vote when you are ineligible and unsuccessful isn’t clearly addressed in Virginia law, according to Konopacic.
He added, “The man did not vote. He did not make false statements. He did not disrupt the vote. Based on the information I have now, it appears that he did not commit any electoral crime as defined in Chapter 10 of the Elections Law.”
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A spokesperson for the Yongkin campaign made the following statement:
“It is unfortunate that while Glenn tries to unite the Commonwealth around his positive message of better schools, safer streets, lower cost of living and more jobs, his political opponents – maddened that they have suffered historic losses this year – are promoting opposition research on a thirteen-year-old child. The 17-year-old genuinely misunderstood Virginia’s election law and simply asked polling officials if he was eligible to vote; and when he was told he was not, he went to school.”
Handwritten notes in a report prepared by the Hickory District Chief show that the teen arrived at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and requested the ballot. He was told he had to be 18 to vote, and was instead shown a registration form, but he refused, according to the notes.
The same voter returned to the constituency 30 minutes later, at 10 AM, and asked for a second ballot. The notes show that the teen was told he was not eligible to vote and was again offered the opportunity to register.
“He refused if he was not able to vote today,” the prime minister wrote.
Youngkin, the former CEO of global investment firm Carlyle Group, has turned Virginia’s governor into Republican control in a race that has seen the highest turnout among state voters in recent history.
The businessman defeated Democrat and former Governor Terry McAuliffe, marking a major political shift in a state that was increasingly heading blue.
Youngkin and his wife Susan have four children, including one daughter and three sons.