Newly-elected Lynchburg city councilman says coronavirus delay may have driven more people to the polls

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(WFXR) — Lynchburg City Councilman-Elect Chris Faraldi believes the two week delay for the May elections due to coronavirus concerns may have driven more people to the polls.

In Lynchburg, the registrar told WFXR News on Tuesday that the May election had seen an increase in absentee ballots above the same election four years ago.

“In some ways, I actually think that it may have drove more people to the polls,” Faraldi told Good Day Virginia viewers. “That’s just my gut reaction with that. I do know a lot of people were concerned with the governor’s decision to push the election back. I’m not really interested in debating that issue one way or another. But at the end of the day, I think it actually brought more attention to an election that doesn’t normally get that much oversight.”

His campaign focused on getting supporters to show up and vote the traditional way, but also put an emphasis on absentee ballots.

“We promoted all methods. Number one — absolutely request a ballot be mailed to you at your home. Fill it out and return it,” Faraldi said. “We also encouraged going down to the registrar and voting in person. And then we encouraged once the deadline passed [to vote by absentee ballot] … hey, if you still want to support our campaign, then still go to the polls like you normally do. Those are the three primary ways we encouraged voters to come out to the polls.”

Faraldi is the projected winner in the fourth ward city council race. He received 61.4% of the vote while Larry D. Jones, Jr., received 38.6% of the vote. Faraldi takes office July 1.

View full election results here.

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