Election Day Open Thread: What Are You Seeing, Hearing?


    Please feel free to use this as an open thread to discuss what you’re seeing and hearing out there today.  Thanks. Oh, and check out your Virginia Voters’ Checklist – know your rights and call 1-866-OUR-VOTE if you have any questions.

    First, here’s a tweet from @MikeSigner – “Very long lines in Arlington and Alexandria-frustrating for voters, I know-but a sign of good Dem GOTV!!”

    Tweet from @frankoanderson – “Lorton Station precinct, they forgot to charge 2 machines so they lost power.” and “Centerpointe precinct they’re not letting people vote- electronic poll books frozen. They have paper books but won’t use them.”

    UPDATE 10:53 am: Long lines in deep-blue Arlington, I just got back from voting after about a 40 minute wait, couple hundred people ahead of me in line.

    UPDATE 12:53 pm: Anecdotal, but a good sign if true: ” just voted in Northern Virginia area [in Prince William County] & the same place/area that Ive voted at for years and can report that turnout is up in general and far more Latinos than Ive ever seen voting”

    UPDATE 12:55 pm: Also, just saw this by @ThePlumLineGS. “Dems report long voting lines in Richmond, Newport News, East Henrico, and Arlington–all Dem strongholds in Virginia”

    UPDATE 3:03 pm: Mo Elleithee writes, “Seeing VERY high turnout across Virginia. On par with or maybe even HIGHER than 2008 levels. Long lines in many places. Please be patient and stay in line!”

    UPDATE 5:26 pm: I’m hearing that Loudoun County turnout is on track to exceed 2008 levels. That’s potentially good news, as higher turnout means more Democratic voters, all else being equal…

    UPDATE 6:12 pm: Some exit poll info, I’d take it with a huge grain of salt though…

    • JohnnyOutlaw

      So the past 3 elections I have been able to vote on the way to work. This morning nope. My polling place Gayton Library had a line out the door down the sidewalk to the grass. Cars parked everywhere.

      As I headed to work, Godwin and another polling place that I cant remember the name of, a civic center i think. Packed parking lots at the center. Godwin looked to be busy but not a packed parking lot being its a high school.

      Looks like good turnout so far. Not sure for who out in my neck of the woods unfortunately.

    • Dan Sullivan

      I observed the opening hours of a ward here in Waynesboro. Few issues and only one provisional ballot cast in 2.25 hours. 442 of 3850 eligible voters have already cast ballots there.

      Romney people doing a fabulous job collecting data with their tracking application. Romney HQ in MA already phoned the Republican observer at the poll to verify heavy turnout and coordinate GOTV effort.

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    • Hugo Estrada

      I saw to republican poll observers.  

    • teacherken

      drove by precinct(s) on Wilson and by Woodland at Glebe School.   Evidence that lines are well over 1 hour long at 9:45

    • aznew

      Apparently, Dylan was giving a concert last night in Madison and he interrupted his singing of “Blowin’ in the Wind” to say he thought Obama would win in a landslide.

      I’m actually surprised to discover that Dylan was even aware that there was an election going on. I take it a sign of high Democratic enthusiasm.

    • JimWebster

      So glad I voted absentee 6 weeks ago.

    • pontoon

      voters had voted in Nelson County by 10 am this morning.  

    • teacherken

      even when polls opened it took about an hour – people getting home now are posting on our community list serv that average time has been about 90 minutes.  I have to see this seems somewhat unprecedented.

      I remember voting in 2004, and the wait at 7 in the morning was only about 50 minutes

    • aznew

      I voted at Alumni Hall near UVA. I was voter # 830 our of about 3,600 in the precinct. Poll workers described this to me as a large turnout.

      I also stopped by U-Hall to see what was happening. On the ground, the forces of darkness clearly won the sign war, with large Romney, Allen and Hurt signs, and only a few lawn sized Obama and Kaine signs there. Spoke to the people manning the Obama desk, and they told me it had been a steady turnout — a lot of students.

      That all said, I suspect both voting locations are heavily Democratic.

      A young woman at the Obama table related to me that she voted this morning with seven of her sorority sisters, and they split 4-4 between Romney and the President, although she said one Romney voter split her ticket and votd for Tim Kaine.

      Not sure whether this all means, but I pass it along to help folks pass the time as we wait for returns tonight.


    • OrangeDem

      . . . Lightfoot Elementary in eastern part of county. Parking lot full when pulled in close to 11, had to wait for space.

      Also had to wait for about 10 minutes once inside, but line moved steadily and everyone was polite and helpful. Poll worker said that had been the consistent flow of traffic since opening.

      Reminded me a lot of 2008, very diverse group of voters, and everyone seemed happy.

      Not the typical white, elderly turnout you normally see in conservative Orange.

      Wish we could get that varied of a turnout in non-Presidential election years. Edd Houck would still be my state senator . . .

    • U2Bneutral

      The scam is aimed at the Black community – Supposedly there is a call going out that tells the voter they can vote by phone right there on the call. Especially in areas hit hard by last week’s storm and where there is poll location confusion. Also the scam is focused on the swing states as well obviously.

    • commentator1

      I’ve voted at Centerpointe for years and have never seen lines this long. 10:30 am is usually the slow time, but there were at least 100 people in line.

    • normanva

      2PM I live in a heavily republican district.  I was the only voter, no wait.  A friend voted in a democrat district, he waited 1.5 hours.  He was there when it opened so I don’t know if that had something to do with it.  

    • DanielK

      For the first time I had to stand in line and wait.  Albeit it was only for 15 minutes or so but I’ve always been in and out there and this was the first time I’ve seen turnout like this.  Of course, it’s a Republicans stronghold area but at least it is being countered with the other areas of the state like Richmond, Hampton Roads and NoVa!

      I stopped by my old precinct in McNair and they said that the wait was about an hour and that was around 11:00 am.  Either way, good to see strong turn out!

    • benuski

      Which, despite what 538 says, is deep blue territory. Got there at 6:15am, waited for over an hour to vote.

    • mechenvy

      Heavy turnout, normal for this area which is always among the highest turnout areas in the state. 2000 out of 3650 voted by 1:30 p.m. Informal student exit polls of about 300 voters indicate 2-1 for Romney, about normal for this heavily Republican area, perhaps even better for Obama. Obama polled 31% here in 2008, and that was before the precinct was redrawn in 2010-11 to eliminate more Dem-leaning areas. The line at 6 a.m. was only half as long as it was in 2008 (in the drizzle back then), but traffic seemed heavier the rest of the morning than in 2008, with voting times steady at 30-35 minutes until late morning. By 1:30 it was walk in and vote, no waiting — four election poll workers to check you in, 10 stations to fill in the op-scan ballot, two machines to scan them. No apparent problems.

    • aznew

      As the day wears on, the Fox folks seem to be getting more and more depressed.

      Jonah Goldberg spent his face time complaining about mainstream media bias, a sure sign they think they are going to lose.

      One high point – Peggy noonan, discussing her crazy prediction of a Romney victory, because the “vibrations feel right.” If you have not read her prediction column, go do so now — you will not regret it.


      Of course, Peggy will never, ever write a column to match her Elian Gonzales WWRD column back in 1998:


      This will be an entertaining distraction while waiting for results.

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      I worked half a session (4 a.m. to 2 p.m.) as a poll official in deep crimson Botetourt County. Turnout was quite heavy…but always is. I was heartened by the number of first-time voters, as well as the number of Black precinct voters present. Still, with all that, I expect a repeat of ’08: Obama lucky if he gets 35%. There was, however, a very effective effort during the campaign to identify the Dem voters in the county and get them to the polls.

      Now, I need a nap. Being on the road at 3:30 a.m. to get to the precinct by 4 a.m. takes quite a bit out of this old lady. 🙂

    • KathyinBlacksburg

      I live in a Democratic voting county in NC. We may hit 90%.

    • southernvadem

       no wait My vote registered 348

      Is that even possible

    • KathyinBlacksburg

      Voted in person in NC two weeks ago.  Very efficient and quick, except for the first three and last three days when ling lines prevailed.  Highly rec no excuse necessary early voting.

    • Dan Sullivan

      “At precinct 102 at the Maple Avenue Fire Station in Richmond’s West End, voters were asked their party affiliation today because officials were following the procedure for a dual primary instead of a general election, the city’s registrar confirmed.” – RTD

    • aznew

      My son, who goes to William & Mary, voted for the first time today.

      He said there was a long line at his polling place (he had no reference point to compare the line with to say if turnout seemed heavy or light), but he reported seeing plenty of students at the polling place.

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    • LoriHankyHaas

      Long lines all morning.  A bit slower by mid-afternoon, down to about 15minutes.  3 provisional ballots required as of 4:00 pm

    • Teddy Goodson

      Amy Goodman and Greg Palast direct from Ohio early voting on Sunday: http://www.democracynow.org/20

      Since there is no similar situation that I know of in Virginia, it is interesting to see Ohio, like Florida, screws its voters in order, no doubt, “to deliver” the state for the GOP.

      We had an election protection attorney (from Prince Georges County, Md???) at City Hall in Fairfax City. About two voters had to vote provisional, and there were at least three confused as to polling place. Lines were about 46-60 minutes long in the morning, but by 2 PM the wait had shrunk to maybe 10 minutes. Turnout was heavy up until then, equivalent to, plus/minus, the turnout in 2008.  

    • Pain

      WTOP reporting over 4 hours at one polling place in Prince William.  County official says they meet the VA requirement of 1 machine for every 750 registered voters!  WTF?

      Dem leaders coming to encourage everyone to please stay in line.

      (I voted early last week.  My wife said only a short wait in Manassas City around 1pm)

    • Harkov311

      Was there at 6:15 am, line going around the Lake Anne Elementary parking lot…took about 45 mins for me and the future Mrs Harkov to get done.

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      and I hope it’s worth its weight in gold…FiveThirtyEight gives Obama a 74+% chance of winning Virginia. Also, a 50%-50% chance of taking Florida!

    • aznew

      from Wonkblog – demographic make-up:


      Over at DK, Markos looks at the data and says it is generally good — at least in the sense that it appears to match what the polls have been saying, and doesn’t represent some unexpected and unseen Republican wave.