Youngkin says he's 'frustrated' with media coverage of his 17-year-old son trying to vote

'I really would like everybody to leave my family alone and I'm going to ask that from everybody. And I'll be quite directive in that," the Virginia Governor-Elect says

Updated: November 10, 2021 - 5:00pm

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Virginia Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin says he's "a little bit frustrated" by the media coverage of his 17-year-old son trying to vote on Election Day in Virginia.

CNN, The Washington Post, Forbes and several local Virginia media outlets reported that Youngkin's son had attempted to vote in Fairfax County last Tuesday but was not able to cast a ballot. 

"It was silliness. I think there was -- there's real confusion on whether a 17-year-old can vote or not and so he had a friend who suggested that he might be able to vote. He went up and asked. I know my son really well, he's an incredibly respectful young man," Youngkin told reporters after attending a 246th birthday ceremony for the Marine Corps on Wednesday in Triangle, Va.

"He presented his ID and when they said he couldn't vote, he said, 'okay,' and he went school. So, I do, I am a little bit frustrated that it's become, you know, the media paid so much attention to it. It's my 17-year-old son, and I really would like everybody to leave my family alone. And I'm going to ask that from everybody. And I'll be quite directive in that," he added.

Youngkin said his son's attempt at voting was "very much an honest and sincere mistake from misunderstanding what is a confusing description on the voting website."

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