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Virginia gov-elect son tried to vote twice

A juvenile son of Virginia governor-elect Glenn Youngkin tried twice to cast a ballot in this week’s election, officials say.

The 17-year-old son presented an ID but was told he was ineligible to vote due to his age and turned away, according to a statement on Friday from Scott Konopasek, Fairfax County’s general registrar.

The statement said the teen did not successfully vote, made no false statements, did not disrupt voting and appeared to have committed “no election offence”.

The statement mentioned Youngkin’s son by name, saying the identification was based on contemporaneous notes by the chief election officer.

The news was first reported by The Washington Post. The Associated Press is not naming the son because he is a juvenile.

Youngkin defeated former governor Terry McAuliffe earlier this week to become the first Republican to win a governor’s race in Virginia since 2009.

His victory was part of a Republican sweep on election night that saw the GOP retake Virginia’s two other statewide offices.

Democrats also said Friday evening that they were conceding control of the House. The Associated Press has not called all House races yet.

A spokesman for Youngkin, who campaigned heavily on election integrity, said the son misunderstood Virginia’s laws.

Virginia law allows any person who is 17 and will be 18 by Election Day to register in advance and vote in any intervening primary or special election.

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