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Virginia Election Day 2013: Open Thread

by: lowkell

Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 06:00:00 AM EST


Today is Election Day 2013 here in Virginia, and we all need to get out and vote for the Democratic ticket against the "Extreme Team" of anti-LGBT, anti-women's-reproductive-health-and-freedom, anti-environment, anti-science wackos. Polls are open from 6 am until 7 pm, which gives you 13 hours to exercise one of your most precious rights (and duties, IMHO) as an American - voting. Anyway, what are you seeing and hearing out there? What's turnout like in your neck of the woods? Let Blue Virginia readers know in the comments section of this post. Thanks.
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"Large turnout" in Mt. Vernon's Woodlawn, Westgate (4.00 / 1)
Per @JackDobbyn - "The polls are open! Woodlawn and Westgate are looking good with a large turnout! @MountVernonDems"

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Woodlawn is heavily Democratic (0.00 / 0)
Westgate leans Republican.

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Yes Westgate is strong R but with the redistricting it has pulled over (0.00 / 0)
Some D and is now not so skewed...but that being said, it also supports a huge ft belvoir and gov employee base, will be extremely interesting to see how the shutdown impacts the vote there

In MV our absentee votes were treading about 56% Dem ID

Also, FYI. MV district went for deeds I. 2009


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Also received word that (0.00 / 0)
there was a line at heavily Democratic Taylor precinct in Arlington, first for an off year election.

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Sorry but... (0.00 / 0)
Polls close at 7am???

Im sorry but i have a really really bad gut feeling, if you wonder why the south is still mainly red id point to the GOP knowing that having only early elections then expanding them through night time, only allows for their best demographics, the superrich and old people to vote.

while poor, students, and blue collar workers are screwed.

combine that with governor ultrasounds purging of 60,000 voters. This might be closer than you think.


7am? (0.00 / 0)
I believe you mean 7pm.  Anyway, it's been like this for decades in Virginia - polls open at 6 am, polls close at 7 pm, with the addition of significant levels of early/absentee voting in recent years. It's not perfect, but it's comparable to many/most other states.  

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Photo: Mark Herring votes at West Leesburg precinct with wife Laura and daughter Peyton (0.00 / 0)


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Del. Scott Surovell reports (0.00 / 0)
"Big line at Hollin Hall Precinct at 6 am." Hollin Hall is a Democratic-leaning district (went for Obama by 7 points in 2012).

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I had to vote absentee (0.00 / 0)
I'd love if if anyone who voted in Arlington could give their impressions of turnout.

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question (0.00 / 0)
How long is a local Chair of a Party allowed to be inside a precinct when all he is doing is "schmoozing" with voters? Isn't the reason for being inside a precinct to check on numbers of voters and make sure there are no voting discrepancies / NOT SCHMOOZING.

There's no campaigning within 40 feet (4.00 / 1)
of the voting station.

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All day... (0.00 / 0)
...as a sometimes "observer" for my former local committee I can tell you that under VA law a designated observer (designated by the party chair) - which could be the chair themselves - can be in the poll all day long to observe and make sure there are no irregularities for voters.  Presumably this means for your own voters (though I've seen cross-over cases); it also means you can sit there and record the names of people who've voted as they get called out.  Local parties can mark off people from their own known supporter list and then use the list as a way to place calls to those who haven't voted as part of GOTV.

What you can't do is hand out literature or try to persuade/talk to voters.  Socializing is just fine.  The best local election officials mark off the perimeter outside of the entrance inside of which the campaigners (generally just handing out sample ballots) may not intrude.  

Schmoozing and socializing are not the same thing as partisan campaigning.  


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Photo: Terry McAuliffe and Kathleen Murphy at the polls this morning (0.00 / 0)


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A few more reports (0.00 / 0)
Mark L. Keam ‏@MarkKeam 37m
At 7:30 am, Nottoway Precinct had about 250 voters out of 3,260 active voters. And steady stream of voters telling me they voted Democratic!

Peter LaMarca ‏@PeterLaMarca 24m
No. 164 at Fredericksburg Precinct 301 at 7:40 am. Brisk business. Go Vote!

RobKrupicka ‏@RobKrupicka 16m
Big line at Mount Vernon right now. Great turn out in the Dem precinct.

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Out In the Valley...Heavier Turnout Than Expected (0.00 / 0)
Of the 4 Wards in Waynesboro, the highest turnout thus far is in the reddest. But there were voters waiting at 6AM at every one.  

Report from Suffolk (0.00 / 0)
Donald Luzzatto ‏@donaldluzzatto 22m
"Turnout already over 250 at Lakeside precinct in Suffolk."

This precinct went 61% for Obama in 2012.

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Voters 93 and 94 in Falls Church (0.00 / 0)
at 7:30 this morning.  No line, but passed another school en route to metro and it looks a lot busier.

In Charlottesville (0.00 / 0)
I'm at an almost completely student precinct in Charlottesville, and turnout is, to put it mildly, "light."

In 2012 this precinct, Venable, had 1638 votes (out of 3100 registered - so 52.8% turnout).

As of 9:30 AM, we have 134 votes (4.3% turnout - yikes, not sure what that's on track for, though half the students probably aren't awake yet).

Here's the interesting part though, of the 134 votes, only 26 have been non-students, meaning 80.5% of turnout has been students.

And here's the good news for Terry, if it's a trend across the state...

So far only 54 of the voters have been men. 80 have been women.

That's 40.3% men, 59.7% women. Enormous Dem. advantage built into those numbers.


Venable (0.00 / 0)
I voted in Venable this morning.

How are you determining student/non-student


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Guessing (0.00 / 0)
Anyone with a student ID is obviously a student, and anyone over 30 I'm saying is a non-student. I'm definitely counting grad students (we had a few med students in scrubs) as students, and I may be overcounting students as some may be young professionals.

I hope you had a good voting experience at Venable - we've had a number of problems due to redistricing - some people who live two blocks from Venable School actually vote at Carver. Additionally, some students, especially those who come here with friends and live on Grounds, aren't at the right place.

If you live on Grounds - make sure students you talk to check to see where they vote based on their registered address! Venable may be closest to the corner, but almost all of Grounds is actually in Albemarle County - Venable is  city precinct and only covers a very small area behind the Corner.

(And yeah - I'm the guy behind the check-in desk acting as a poll observer for the Democratic party/campaign)


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venable alum! (0.00 / 0)
Heh...what makes me nervous is a repeat of 2009 - Venable is a heavy AA precinct - people who turned out for Obama but didn't in the off year for Deeds.  

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No longer (0.00 / 0)
Venable used to be more Dem, and was an ENORMOUS precinct - spanning halfway across town. Due to all the new student apartments near the Corner and students actually registering, they had to shrink the precinct down and stick all the townie residential areas in neighboring precincts like Carver.

Now it's almost all students and spans no more than like an eight-block area. Of the adults I've seen coming in - it's been probably 60 or 70% African American, but again, not that many non-students.


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2013 Virginia Election Night Benchmarks (0.00 / 0)
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I don't think so... (0.00 / 0)
Those are EXTREMELY optimistic numbers for Terry. I'm not saying he's not going to win - he may very well break 50% - but do better than Warner or Kaine? I don't think so. Did those numbers even include Sarvis?

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Math (0.00 / 0)
As noted, the numbers do not include Sarvis, it's just a look at the two-party vote share.

If looking at the two-party vote share, McAullife is almost guaranteed to do better than Warner or Kaine.

It's basic math.

Assuming McAullife hits 50%, Cuccinelli is at 44%, and Sarvis is at 6%. The two party vote share is McAullife at 53%, Cuccinelli at 47%.

Play around with the numbers and you get similar results. McAullife at 48%, Cuccinelli at 42%, and Sarvis at 10%, and the two party vote is McAullife 53%, Cuccinelli 47%.  


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Got it. (0.00 / 0)
I'm not sure that will translate down the ticket though. If it's 50 Terry, 45 Cooch, 5 Sarvis, that could mean the partisan makeup of the electorate is something like 51% Dem 49% R overall. Better than 09 for sure, and I hope it's enough to pull Herring over the line.

Issue is though - in the really competitive Prince William districts, I doubt either Terry or Cooch will hit 50%. In some Terry will get a small plurality, in others Cooch will get a small plurality. So the question is - whom do Sarvis voters pick for AG and House of Delegates? I worry Dem. Delegate candidates won't be able to run ahead of Terry, so they'll end up getting 47 or 48%, which doesn't cut it in a two-way race.


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Sarvis (0.00 / 0)
Polling has indicated that Sarvis supporters are going to Northam and Obenshain. They are ideal "pox on both houses" voters in this election.

I don't hold it against any Delegate candidate that can't run ahead of Terry, but I do worry about failing to win in districts where Terry wins an outright majority.


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The question is (0.00 / 0)
how many Sarvis supporters are there, and also how many will vote down ballot at all?

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More benchmark #s, this time from (0.00 / 0)
Daily Kos:



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Other parts of Charlottesville (4.00 / 1)
Are reporting higher-than expected turnout.

Walker precinct, which had 2700 votes in 08 and went 70% Obama, already had 600 votes by 9:30 AM.


Not looking good here (0.00 / 0)
Voted at Robinson at 9am.  No line.  I was voter #481.

No poll observers for either party.  Normally there are the D's and R's sitting behind the desk to mark who had voted to empower the afternoon canvasses.  That may be because it's computerized now vs. a paper roll book.  

Only one McAuliffe/Northam/Herring sign, right at entrance to school.  Ton of McAuliffe, Kincaid, and Filler-Corn signs, but nothing else for the D ticket.  The D table had McAuliffe and Filler-Corn signs hanging from it - nothing for Northam or Miller.  

In 2012 - 2826 voters at this precinct for the presidential election (O-54% R-44%).  In 2009 - 1657 voters at this precinct for the gubernatorial election (M-57% D-43%).  My informal experience working precincts in the area is that the morning is by far and away the busiest time, with a trickle throughout the day and a little heavier in the evening.  Wouldn't shock me if typically half of the votes are cast by 9am.  But I don't have enough data to project the final count.  However, this precinct is likely going to go to the D's, and that we have so few votes and no real attempts to drive people down-ticket other than the blue Democratic sample ballots has me really worried.

Wolfe folks out in force in the Sheriff's race.  


FYI - more and more the old ways of being inside and checking (0.00 / 0)
off voters has gone by the wayside as a standard GOTV method.   All hands are on deck to support the campaigns GOTV efforts with canvassing and calling.

Fairfax dems have actually gone to a "target" approach with attorneys - etc at precinct that they believe may need help - otherwise it does no good for someone sitting inside - get those volunteers out to knock and drag!


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Dems don't do good-guy lists anymore (0.00 / 0)
They're completely useless.

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Not looking good here (0.00 / 0)
Voted at Robinson at 9am.  No line.  I was voter #481.

No poll observers for either party.  Normally there are the D's and R's sitting behind the desk to mark who had voted to empower the afternoon canvasses.  That may be because it's computerized now vs. a paper roll book.  

Only one McAuliffe/Northam/Herring sign, right at entrance to school.  Ton of McAuliffe, Kincaid, and Filler-Corn signs, but nothing else for the D ticket.  The D table had McAuliffe and Filler-Corn signs hanging from it - nothing for Northam or Miller.  

In 2012 - 2826 voters at this precinct for the presidential election (O-54% R-44%).  In 2009 - 1657 voters at this precinct for the gubernatorial election (M-57% D-43%).  My informal experience working precincts in the area is that the morning is by far and away the busiest time, with a trickle throughout the day and a little heavier in the evening.  Wouldn't shock me if typically half of the votes are cast by 9am.  But I don't have enough data to project the final count.  However, this precinct is likely going to go to the D's, and that we have so few votes and no real attempts to drive people down-ticket other than the blue Democratic sample ballots has me really worried.

Wolfe folks out in force in the Sheriff's race.  


Orange County--Lightfoot Elementary (0.00 / 0)
Voted a little before 9. Pretty steady stream of voters, but was still in and out within five minutes.

What struck me there, and at the other polling places I saw on my drive in (long commute), was almost the complete absence of any state GOP slate signage in front of the voting sites. Often that's all you see, and it's the Democratic ticket which is absent. Totally opposite this year which seemed strange, especially since Orange is so conservative.


OC - Prospect Heights (0.00 / 0)
So, I just voted at Prospect Heights - didn't catch my number - but turnout looked good, and there were poll workers out for both sides.  Equal distribution of signs.  

Overheard two people talking about turnout at Gordonsville and Barboursville, and reporting it was higher than usual.  


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VA turnout higher than expected by some people? (0.00 / 0)
Rosalind Helderman ‏@PostRoz 1m
"With caveats about notoriously unreliable Election Day anecdotal reports: poll reports suggest turnout may not be as dismal as some thought."

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Just Voted in Western Arlington County (4.00 / 1)
at 9:45 AM, was told that just over 500 people had voted in a precinct with around 3000 which is just over 17%.

Is that pretty good this time in the morning?

There was one woman handing out the Republican slate and two men, with a table, handing out the Democratic slate.


Which precinct? (0.00 / 0)
Thanks.

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23 Westover (0.00 / 0)
Swanson Middle School
5800 Washington Blvd

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All - remember - the no line is a good thing (0.00 / 0)
at least with Fairfax county - We have moved to the optical scan voting system....That means the process is really quick - you are not dependent on other people at the 3 voting machines in front of you.

Check in - Get your ballot - mark your ballot - scan your ballot - move out....  Now there could be up to 10 - 20 people voting at anyone time versus the 3....Oh and if there were any constitutional / bond issues on the ballot - for'get'bout it!


From Leslie Byrne (4.00 / 1)
"200th voter at 9am in Barcroft"

That's very good for two reasons: 1) this is a heavily Dem precinct; 2) in the PRESIDENTIAL year of 2012, a total of 815 voted at Barcroft, 200 voters at 9 am in a non-presidential year rocks.

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Congratulations on Your 8th Day of Election Coverage, Lowell. (0.00 / 0)
You're a national treasure.  

8th day? (4.00 / 1)
Feels like 8 years!  Oh wait, it IS 8 years! LOL

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Technically (0.00 / 0)
Your 9th year/election day, yes?  

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Wow, yeah. (0.00 / 0)
Yikes!

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Turnout high in Mt. Vernon (4.00 / 1)
Chris Ambrose ‏@chrisambr 45s
"Turnout is high. Several people have arrived with the GOTV stickers that were left on their doors in hand"

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Arlington on track for 50% turnout?!? (0.00 / 0)
"Patricia Sullivan ‏@psullivan1 1m ArlingtonVa voter registrar says election turnout at midmorning is heavy for non-presidential year --  on track for 50 percent turnout."

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More good news (4.00 / 1)
"Brennan Bilberry ‏@brbilberry 28s
Turnout in key Arlington precinct already at 67% of 2009 total turnout - as of 10am! Turnout up markedly from '09 across Arlington."

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Another tidbit (0.00 / 0)
"Joe St. George ‏@JoeStGeorge 39m
interesting chesterfield registrar told me he was surprised how many people early voted, that fits top dems theory turnout will surpass 09"

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Prince William County (0.00 / 0)
Just voted at Battlefield High School in western Prince William County. Voter number 664. Was told that turnout was high.

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664 is high (4.00 / 1)
Total turnout in '09 Battlefield was 1481.  There's been some pretty high population growth in Western PW, but that's still high for 11am.

Unfortunately, Battlefield is a ruby red district. 76% McDonnell.


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Good turnout at South Lakes precinct; went 2:1 Obama over Romney (0.00 / 0)
Lola Arce de Quintela: "Twenty percent turnout at South Lakes HS at 11:00. Seeing mostly blue sample ballots. - feeling happy."

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Voted at Newgate North, Fairfax County (0.00 / 0)
I was #327 at Newgate North (Centreville HS) a little before 11 a.m. Precinct had around 1200 voters in 2012--Obama lost Newgate North by seven votes!

From Red Country (0.00 / 0)
The Coyner Springs precinct in Botetourt County as of 11 a.m. had vote total below that of 2009. This is a very Republican precinct. Obama in 2012 didn't break 40%. The rather slow vote so far is good news for us outnumbered Dems if it holds throughout the day.

"moderate to solid turnout 5 hours into voting" (0.00 / 0)
"@PilotOnPolitics 17m Anecdotal reports from around VA suggest moderate to solid turnout 5 hours into voting."

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"Key 70% AfAm precinct in Henrico: Already at 51% of 2009 turnout at 10am" (0.00 / 0)
"James Hohmann ‏@jameshohmann 2m Dem source says turnout tracking or exceeding projections. Key 70% AfAm precinct in Henrico: Already at 51% of 2009 turnout at 10am."

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Looking good at Mt. Vernon Rec. precinct (0.00 / 0)
This precinct went 76% for Obama in 2012, with about 2,670 votes total.

"Del Ray Patch ‏@DelRayPatch 5m At 11:45 a.m., 1,121 ballots have been cast at Mount Vernon Rec. Precinct has 4,377 registered voters. #AlexandriaVA #vaelection"

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In Red Virginia Beach (0.00 / 0)
Number 419 at Corporate Landing. Can't wait until next year when I move to Norfolk and my vote isn't lost in a terribly Red district.

Much higher turnout than in the Kaine-Kilgore race (0.00 / 0)
(just 1,272 total votes cast) in a 2:1 Dem precinct. Nice.

"Mark L. Keam ‏@MarkKeam 1m After 6 hours of voting,  Blake precinct in Providence just hit 900 voters out of 4075 active voters."

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Another heavily Dem precinct looking good (0.00 / 0)
"Del Ray Patch ‏@DelRayPatch 4m At noon, 827 ballots have been cast at George Mason. Precinct has 2,797 registered voters. #AlexandriaVA #vaelection"

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Per Inside Nova website... (0.00 / 0)
As of 10 a.m., voter turnout was 8.77 percent at polling places in Prince William County, according to the county Office of Elections.

Top five precincts in voter turnout (so far) are listed below. Next report due at 3 p.m.

1. Kilby: 19.45 percent

2. Marshall: 16.16 percent

3. McCoart: 15.69 percent

4. Signal Hill: 15.10 percent

5. Washington/Reid: 14.4 percent  


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My favorite election photo in a long time (4.00 / 2)


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At the famous (4.00 / 1)
Doumar's in Norfolk.

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Got this from a Dem campaign operative in the Hampton Roads area (0.00 / 0)
"Largest dem precincts in Hampton roads were above 60 percent of 2009 turnout by noon.  Good signs."

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Precinct 118 In Hampton, VA (0.00 / 0)
This precinct voted 89% for Obama - 2,081 to 239.

"At Mallory Elementary School in Hampton, 915 ballots had been cast by about 1:30 pm. Precinct chief Darlene Maye says it has been "crazy busy."
"They're exercising their right today, she said.
Maye said the precinct is requesting more paper ballots because of the better-than-expected turnout.
"We're very please with the turnout."


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Wow, 915 is high (0.00 / 0)
In '09, total ballots for Mallory = 1335. In '05, total ballots = 1483.  915 at 1:30pm?  That's good.

84% Deeds, 83% Kaine precinct. Not too many precincts out there where Deeds outperformed Kaine, eh?


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Bonnie Brae (0.00 / 0)
I was voter 530 at 12:30ish -- that was 25% turnout and more than half of our entire turnout for 2009.  I know from experience that Bonnie Brae's heaviest voting will be from 4-7.  The voters coming in were very steady the three hours that I was there, which is pretty unusual in an off year election.

Anecdotal from Loudoun (0.00 / 0)
Brandon Park 11 AM - 215
West Leesburg 12:15 - 625, 22.9%
East Leesburg 12:30 - 501
Smart's Mill 12:45 - "30% turnout, think we could make 50%"
Tolbert 12:45 - 440
Cool Spring 12:55 - 673
JL Simpson 1:05 - 635
Evergreen 1:10 - 461

Alexandria turnout (0.00 / 0)
"AlexandriaVAGov ‏@AlexandriaVAGov 17m As of noon, 23,192 voters had cast ballots in today's election (28% turnout). Polls are open until 7 p.m. tonight! "

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Mixed turnout in NOVA? (0.00 / 0)
"Julie Carey ‏@JulieCareyNBC 2h Mixed turnout picture so far in some #NoVA  jurisdictions, light in Prince William, stronger in Arlington @nbcwashington"

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Limbaugh attempts to explain Cooch's impending loss, insanity ensues (0.00 / 0)
From Daily Kos, this is hilarious!!!
RUSH LIMBAUGH: [Ken Cuccinelli] is a Reagan conservative. He's a genuine conservative. He really is. There's no RINO about him, is my point, and I think the Republican establishment wouldn't mind him losing because if Cuccinelli loses, what do they get to do?

They get to blame the Tea Party, they get to blame conservatives, and they get to say, "See? Conservatives just can't win! You people are killing the Republican Party, you Tea Party types and you people insisting on conservatism. Conservatives are just too small a minority. There's no way you can win. You're losing elections for us." I think that's what they want to say. [...] I think there's very little doubt that the Republican Party's not happy with its base, Tea Party and conservatives. I don't know this, but a lot of people have this theory, and I think it's got a lot of credence.



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From The Richmond Times Dispatch (0.00 / 0)
3 p.m.

CHESTERFIELD -- Chesterfield County Registrar Lawrence C. Haake III said turnout has been steady throughout the day.

As of about 2:30 p.m., he said, turnout was tracking at 43 percent of the county's registered voters.

He believes the two bond measures and a proposed meals tax could be driving voters out to the polls.

"We may see that we're one of the higher places because we have the issues on the ballot...we'll have to wait and see," he said.

Haake said the turnout is "not overwhelming but steady" and that some precincts are seeing a lot more activity than others.

At O.B. Gates Elementary, an election official said 692 people had voted by 1:50 p.m.

--Louis Llovio


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Prince William County - From The Daily Press (0.00 / 0)
One bellweather county where turnout seems low is Prince William County. The Potomac News reported turnout at 8.77 percent as of 10 a.m. The county, which went 71 percent for President Obama in 2012, tends to lag average turnout and favor Republican candidates in state elections as it did in 2009 when turnout was just 37 percent.


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Update From Prince William County (4.00 / 1)
Apparently the 8.77 per cent turnout for Prince William County did not include turnout percentages for about 35 precincts, so this number might actually be lower than it actually is.

But looking at two precincts turnout numbers that Obama carried overwhelmingly shows some good new - base Democratic voters are turning out:

Precinct 509 - 16%  turnout at 10:00 a.m.  Obama carried this precinct in 2012 67% to 31% over Romney.

Precinct 707 - 19% turnout at 10:00 a.m.  Obama carried this precinct in 2012 71% to 26%.


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Bad News in Newport News (0.00 / 0)
Turnout at the Watkins precinct off Harpersville Road in Newport News has included "almost 100 an hour," poll worker Connie Minnick said, noting that she was surprised how many voters have arrived. "It's been good, and we've been steady." By 12:25 p.m., 847 people had voted. (Sonny Dearth photo / Daily Press)

Romney carried this precinct 50% to 47% for Obama with 2900 ballots being cast.

Low voter turnout so far in the Reservoir Precinct in Newport News. As of 3 p.m 20% of residents had voted this precinct located in the north part of the city. There was still enthusiasm among voters despite the low numbers.
"I had to vote today," said Elouise McCray, who said she was equally concerned about all the races.

This precinct is a disaster for the Dems.  Obama carried it 70% to 28% for Romney, 2,036 to 827.


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Newport News Registrar (0.00 / 0)
Newport News registrar Vicki Lewis says voting continues steady -- she's looking for a city-wide turnout in the mid to upper 30s percent of registered voters.

Upper 30's is rather disapointing.


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Reservoir Precinct - Irregularities? (0.00 / 0)
A post from Walter Matthews on the Daily Press Facebook page this morning:

   "So why is a Newport News city election official at Reservoir polling place pulling ballots out of the back ... of the ballot box and reading the "Write- in' names to another poll worker( and giggling) while people are inserting their ballots in the front of the machine, This occurred about 8:30 this morning while I was voting.
   I don't know if it's illegal, but it sure seems damned inappropriate."


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Diffidently - not legal. (0.00 / 0)
That box is to be sealed through the election day and only open at time of closing with observers.

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The box may have been full. There is only so much room the tally is still there on the machine... (0.00 / 0)
The ballots tumble into the bin and it needs to be clear. If it is a write in, the machine can't read it.

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there's a lot of room in that box - in 2012 - no problem with (0.00 / 0)
box being to full to catch the ballets - and there is no way the same amount of volume.

Yes the write in's have to be accounted for - BUT ONLY WHEN POLLS ARE CLOSED AND THERE ARE OBSERVERS.

I would report to DPVA legal team


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15% Turnout in Newport News Precinct @ 6:00 p.m. (0.00 / 0)
Only about 15% of voters have cast votes at the Dunbar Precinct in south Newport News as of 6 p.m.


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Just Got 2 Robo Calls (4.00 / 1)
I just got a robo call from something called the conservative campaign committee urging me to vote and a few minutes later another one from george allen. Boy do they have me on the wrong list.  I may need some anti-nausea meds soon.

Stay on those list (3.00 / 1)
It cost them time and money

Right (0.00 / 0)
That is exactly how I feel.  

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Another Obama precinct with strong turnout (0.00 / 0)
"Mark L. Keam ‏@MarkKeam 8m Vienna #2 precinct voting at the Community Center has already hit over 40% turnout. With 3 more hours to go, this precinct could exceed 50+."

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Mullen precinct (0.00 / 0)
...in Manassas (PWC) has a full parking lot at 4:30pm.

Mullen is a 70% Obama precinct.


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Huge Turnout in Kiln Creek Precinct, York County (0.00 / 0)
There were 1,494 votes cast in the Kiln Creek Precinct as of 4 p.m.  "We have been steady all day long, very similar to the presidential election, but not in the same way," said precinct captain Joyce Gunderlach.

This precinct went for Obama over Romney, 53% to 46%, or 1,563 to 1,370.

McDonnell won it 57% to 42%, or 952 to 706.  

At 4:00 p.m., this precinct was 164 votes shy of the 2009 turnout with 3 hours to go.  


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If your going to vote past 7pm (4.00 / 1)
STAY ON LINE!!

they cant kick you out if your on line past 7 PM.


Some results from the 10th CD around 4 pm (0.00 / 0)
Focused on the Murphy-Comstock race

Chain Bridge 1,106 (about a 50/50 Obama-Romney precinct)
Langley 805 (52% Romney precinct)
Salona #1 400 (51% Obama precinct)
Wolftrap 1,100 (52% Obama precinct)
Forestville 1,156 (61% Romney precinct)
Great Falls 849 (56% Romney precinct)
Hickory 1,114 (53% Romney precinct)
Seneca 1,261 (52% Romney precinct)

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You HAVE to be in line by 7 pm. (0.00 / 0)
Not any minute after!

Wonder how early voting... (0.00 / 0)
Is affecting these turnout totals...are they already accounted for ?

Good news from C-ville (4.00 / 1)
This is a heavily (82% Deeds!) precinct which saw 841 votes cast in 2009.

"‏@Rick_Sincere 3m Carver Precinct has had 1,020 voters so far with about 30 now standing in line #cville"

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Carver has been expanded in size (0.00 / 0)
So we can't compare it to 09 numbers. But I've heard good news about the turnout there as well. Overall city turnout should exceed 09 %

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Good news from Roanoke City (0.00 / 0)
‏"@ValerieInRke 4m Was 911 voter at 2:30 p.m. at my Roanoke City precinct of 3000+ reg. voters. Expect 40% maybe 50% turnout there - Dem precinct."

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Interesting news from Henrico, Chesterfield (0.00 / 0)
"‏@NBC12 32m DECISION VIRGINIA: Henrico, Chesterfield voter turnout on par with 2009 http://bit.ly/HI442l"

Not sure if this is bad news, but it doesn't seem like particularly GOOD news either.

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Turnout (0.00 / 0)
This has been my fear.  That the Kook will win by lack of turnout.

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Do we win with 2009 turnout? (0.00 / 0)
Was 2009 a low-turnout year so our folks didn't show up and theirs did?  Or was it a good turnout year and if we got same turnout then we likely win?

I'm worried this is like 2004.  Our turnout numbers exceed what we expected, but their turnout numbers exceed even more.


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Back to the Future? (0.00 / 0)
Paper ballots in Burke today. No line at all for me.  
My daughter, first time voting in VA, afraid her vote was missed because she, with toddlers in tow, just checked the open boxes
(supposed to fill in completely). But she called and they said if the machine takes it, you are OK.      

Heavy turnout in Henrico's Tuckahoe area, and Tappahanock (0.00 / 0)
As of 4:00 half of the voter roll of 3500 people had already voted, so that's  a likely turnout of well over 60% in this West End precinct, mostly Republican, but not so much now as  formerly.  spit was about 60/40 for Romney last year.

I understand the turnout in Tappahanock (don't know the precinct  if more than one) is heavy, too, similar to that of general election ears, so I'm told.


BlueDevil, This is Tuckahoe Precinct..... (0.00 / 0)
in Tuckahoe District in western Henrico.  It is THE most republican precinct in the county and it votes at extremely high numbers in even off year elections.  

In 2009, turnout was 62% of its registered voters (3,500) and the precinct went 1,638 for McDonnell to 509 for Deeds, for a total of 2,147 votes cast.  So if half of there voters had already voted, they still need 450 more voters to beat their 2009 total.  They will vote strong for Obenshain, but Sarvis will pull some votes in this precinct due to some republicans being unable to stomach Koo-Koo Ken, and Terry Mac may surprise a bit here with crossovers from some indie and republican women.


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Forrestville (0.00 / 0)
I was number 980 at Forrestville around 2 PM.  Parking lot full when I drove by at 5 PM.  Barbara Comstock was out front when I went in to vote.  Solidly Republican precinct with apparently substantial turnout.

1,338 votes cast in total for governor in 2009.  1,156 votes reported at 4 PM.

Turnout may be higher than 2009.


Norfolk (0.00 / 0)
Just voted in Norfolk. Combo of statewide and local elections (Treasurer, Cm of Rev, Sheriff, etc) might have boosted turnout...but I had to wait a few minutes and all the booths were full when I was there.

I think I'd say my particular precinct would "Lean Republican", however I saw a mix of young, old, white, black while I was there...I'd call that a good sign.


wife voted Woodlawn Precinct Arlington at 5 PM (4.00 / 1)
at that point turnout was at 38% and evening rush had not yet begun.

Precinct was about 71% Obama in 2012.

As a side note, there were about 1600 votes cast already, and the total vote for President in 2012 was only about 2200.  

No lines but steady traffic that was beginning to pick up as we were leaving.


cnn (0.00 / 0)
Just got off CNN who was talking about republicans blaming their problems on the McDonald scandal, the government shutdown, big money from labor unions.  No mention of us rejecting the message. This tells me there is at least hope. This probably doesn't apply to a single one of us but..

If you haven't voted get your butt to the polls now !!


Lynchburg Ward 2 Precinct 2 Turnout (0.00 / 0)
My daughter voted at R. S. Payne Elementary School in Lynchburg, Ward 2 Precinct 2, at 5:45 PM. She was voter 895. Last year the turnout at this strongly Democratic precinct was 1,981. The line when she voted was about 15 minutes long.

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James City County Hits 50% Turnout (0.00 / 0)
Dave Ress reports: With an hour until polls close, James City County turnout nears 50 percent. bit.ly/VAgovlive

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Turnout in This Lynchburg Precinct (0.00 / 0)
was 825 in 2009 so they are running ahead of 2009 vote totals.

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some early info from exits (0.00 / 0)
Post Polls ‏@PostPolls 22m

Just over 7 in 10 voters in prelim #vagov exit poll are white; 70% in 2012; in '09, exit showed 78% white electorate http://wapo.st/1hL3dfN


And Party ID From Preliminary Exit Polls: (0.00 / 0)
40% Dem, 30% Rep in 2013 versus 37% to 33% Rep in 2009.  That is a huge swing.

[ Parent ]
?? (0.00 / 0)
Is that 37% Rep, 33% Dem for 2009?

[ Parent ]
and... (0.00 / 0)
I don't know how many households own guns but I don't think it is the majority.  According to CNN exit polls, households without guns voted for McAuliffe over cooch by almost 40% points.  Households with guns went for the cooch over McAuliffe by about 20%.  Those over 65 went for the cooch by 5% more than McAuliffe. CNN is only reporting selected exit polls.  

[ Parent ]
The Over 65 Results Caught My Attention (0.00 / 0)
Compare that to the 18 to 29 which was 50 to 30 for TMac...that tells you something about the future of the Virginia GOP.

[ Parent ]
tic toc - tic toc..... (0.00 / 0)
pins and needles  

the SBE site better not crash! (0.00 / 0)


[ Parent ]
time to put up a results thread??? (0.00 / 0)


Black Turnout (0.00 / 0)
What has stood out to me in the early exits is the racial composition of the electorate.  If the electorate is indeed 20% black it could mean things for Team Blue in the swing districts on the Peninsula.

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