2,818,316 absentee ballots were cast in Virginia’s 2020 election cycle. Overall 4,460,524 ballots were cast in the 2020 election, putting overall state turnout at about 81.48%. The state swung heavily for President Joe Biden, who won its 13 electoral votes with 54.1% of the popular vote. Virginia has consistently voted for Democrat presidential candidates since 2008.
Virginia has a bicameral legislature with 40 senators and 100 delegates. The legislative sessions are held annually staring the second Wednesday in January – lasting 60 in even-numbered years and 30 days in odd-numbered ones, and Democrats have held the majority in both chambers since 2019. Virginia’s governor, Ralph Northam (D), is not eligible for re-election in 2022.