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Early Virginia voters explain why they voted ahead of first presidential debate on Tuesday

"One is honorable and one is not, and it's not going to change in the next 30 days," says an early Biden voter in Virginia

Updated: September 25, 2020 - 12:34am

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Virginia voters who waited in line to cast a ballot early in Prince William County or dropped off their completed absentee ballot told Just the News why they decided to vote in advance of the first presidential debate next Tuesday.

"I don't trust mail-in ballots," said Jay from Dumfries, who voted for President Trump at a DMV in Woodbridge, an early voting polling location. "Biden's never really shown me anything through his 20 or 30 years in Congress. The country's got $26.1, that's my latest estimate, trillion dollars of national debt. There’s no plan to reduce that. Democrats don't have a plan. Republicans don't have a plan. I'm actually an independent. I vote the lesser of two evils."

He also explained that he voted against Virginia Democratic candidates because of a proposed bill in the House of Delegates that would ban the sale of "assault firearms" in the state and anyone who possesses one currently "may retain possession until January 1, 2021."

"That ban would basically make my wife an instant felon. So the Democrats can, you know, pretty much go to hell on that," he said.

Juanita from Woodbridge said she didn’t need to see the first debate before deciding to vote for Biden.

"If he [Trump] talks in his sleep, he's probably lying. So I wanted to vote for Biden, and I wanted to make sure my vote was counted," she said.

Carol from Dale City told Just the News she didn't need to view the upcoming debate first either.

"I think the only reason I would watch any of the debates is to watch Senator Harris make another man cry again," she said.

Kay of Woodbridge said she voted for Biden early because he's an "honorable person."

"One is honorable and one is not, and it's not going to change in the next 30 days," she said. "The final blow was when he said he didn't know if he would let the election stand and make a peaceful transition to power, which is the very essence of democracy."

Zoey of Woodbridge volunteered to hand out Democratic ballots at the DMV, an early voting polling location. She explained that in past elections, Virginians could only vote early with a valid excuse but now anyone can vote early. She said more than 1,000 people voted at that polling location on Wednesday alone.

"It's a lot of people, the people coming out," she said.

Early voting in Virginia runs through Oct. 31.

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