A 17-year-old son of Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin tried twice to vote on Election Day, according to a local election official who said no crimes were committed.
Thomas Youngkin, a high school junior, presented identification at a polling place in Great Falls, Virginia, but he was deemed ineligible to vote due to his age, according to a written statement from Scott O. Konopasek, the director of elections in Fairfax County, Virginia. Voters must be at least 18 years of age to vote in Virginia.
“Based upon information available to me now, it appears that he committed no election offense,” Konopasek said in a statement. Konopasek added that Thomas Youngkin did not make any false statements or disrupt voting, which are crimes under Virginia election law.
A county spokesman said no further information was available. Emails, phone calls, and text messages sent to members of the Fairfax County Electoral Board went unanswered.
An Election Day voting log, obtained by Rolling Stone, states that a 17-year-old voter, later identified as Thomas Youngkin, entered the polling site in the Great Falls, Virginia library at 9:30 a.m. and requested a ballot. The teen was told he had to be 18 to vote and was offered voter registration, which he declined. A half hour later, Youngkin returned to the polling site to again request a ballot and was once more offered the opportunity to register. “He declined if he would be unable to vote today,” the log states.
The Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office has the ultimate say over whether Thomas Youngkin will face any consequences for attempting to vote while ineligible. As of now, that office has not received a complaint from the local election authority, says Ben Shnider, the attorney’s chief of staff.
“It’s unfortunate that while Glenn attempts to unite the Commonwealth around his positive message of better schools, safer streets, a lower cost of living, and more jobs, his political opponents — mad that they suffered historic losses this year — are pitching opposition research on a 17-year old kid who honestly misunderstood Virginia election law and simply asked polling officials if he was eligible to vote; when informed he was not, he went to school,” Devin O’Malley, Youngkin’s campaign spokesman, wrote in a statement.
The younger Youngkin’s desire to participate in an election in which his father was on the ballot is understandable. But it comes as his father’s political party is engaged in a nationwide effort to restrict voting rights, an effort Republican officials are justifying through ongoing assertions, without evidence, that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump and given to Joe Biden via massive democratic election fraud.
And numerous Republicans, led by former President Donald Trump, stoked concerns about voting fraud ahead of Tuesday’s election. “I am not a believer in the integrity of Virginia’s elections, lots of bad things went on and are going on,” Trump wrote in a statement released Monday morning. “The way you beat it is to flood the system and get out and vote.”
Youngkin himself sent mixed signals about election fraud during the campaign, as he tried to lock in the support of Trump’s GOP base without losing crucial swing voters. He conceded he would have voted to certify the 2020 election after trying to duck the question. But earlier in the summer, Virginia State Senator Amanda Chase spoke at a rally and, reading from a script she said Youngkin’s team asked her to follow, urged voters to cast their ballots early as a way to deter Democratic voter fraud, The Washington Post reported.