Arlington Sees Record Turnout in 2018 General Election

Published on November 07, 2018

Voting-Stickers-e1541604343799.jpg More registered voters in Arlington cast votes in the 2018 general election on Nov. 6 than in any other non-presidential election in the County's history.

In all, 107,406 voters, or about 71 percent of those registered, cast ballots. Absentee turnout was also record-breaking, with just over 20,000 ballots cast — again, the highest ever for a non-presidential election.

The most significant increases in turnout were in precincts along Columbia Pike and in the Rosslyn-Ballston and Crystal City Metro corridors, and among younger voters. More complete demographic data will be ready for analysis in about a week.

Rain earlier in the day did not seem to deter voters, as the largest turnout and longest wait times occurred during those times.

County election officials received no reports of significant technical issues. Over 500 poll workers helped staff polling places and the County's Central Absentee Precinct.

Summary of Unofficial Results



  • Arlington County Board: Matt de Ferranti won 53 percent of the vote to incumbent John Vihstadt's 46 percent.

  • Arlington School Board: Incumbent Barbara Kanninen won 68 percent of the vote to challenger Audrey Clement's 30 percent.

  • Bond Referenda: Voters authorized the County to finance up to $140.9 million in capital investments in Metro and transportation, local parks and recreation, and community infrastructure, and up to $103 million for Arlington Public Schools.

  • U.S. Congress: Nearly 82 percent of Arlington voters cast ballots for Sen. Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate, and 79 percent voted for Rep. Don Beyer to represent Virginia's 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.


See more details on how Arlingtonians voted, including results by precinct