Virginia Election Day 2013: Open Thread

Virginia Election Day 2013: Open Thread

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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.

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    Per @JackDobbyn – “The polls are open! Woodlawn and Westgate are looking good with a large turnout! @MountVernonDems”

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    there was a line at heavily Democratic Taylor precinct in Arlington, first for an off year election.

  • RSK342

    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.

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    “Big line at Hollin Hall Precinct at 6 am.” Hollin Hall is a Democratic-leaning district (went for Obama by 7 points in 2012).

  • gg2landy

    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.

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    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.

  • Dan Sullivan

    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.  

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    Donald Luzzatto ‏@donaldluzzatto 22m

    “Turnout already over 250 at Lakeside precinct in Suffolk.”

    This precinct went 61% for Obama in 2012.

  • rugbyj

    at 7:30 this morning.  No line, but passed another school en route to metro and it looks a lot busier.

  • antonio_m_elias

    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.

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell
  • antonio_m_elias

    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.

  • FredFred

    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.  

  • FredFred

    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.  

  • OrangeDem

    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.

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    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.”

  • PassionateJus

    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.

  • totallynext

    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!

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    “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.

  • 5oclockshadow

    You’re a national treasure.  

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    Chris Ambrose ‏@chrisambr 45s

    “Turnout is high. Several people have arrived with the GOTV stickers that were left on their doors in hand”

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    “Patricia Sullivan ‏@psullivan1 1m ArlingtonVa voter registrar says election turnout at midmorning is heavy for non-presidential year —  on track for 50 percent turnout.”

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    “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″

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    Lola Arce de Quintela: “Twenty percent turnout at South Lakes HS at 11:00. Seeing mostly blue sample ballots. – feeling happy.”

  • Eric Anderson

    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!

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    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.

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    “@PilotOnPolitics 17m Anecdotal reports from around VA suggest moderate to solid turnout 5 hours into voting.”

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    “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.”

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    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”

  • Eileen Levandoski

    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.

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    (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.”

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    “Del Ray Patch ‏@DelRayPatch 4m At noon, 827 ballots have been cast at George Mason. Precinct has 2,797 registered voters. #AlexandriaVA #vaelection”

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    “Largest dem precincts in Hampton roads were above 60 percent of 2009 turnout by noon.  Good signs.”

  • http://www.gretchenlaskas.com GretchenLaskas

    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.

  • Paradox13VA

    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

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    “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! “

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    “Julie Carey ‏@JulieCareyNBC 2h Mixed turnout picture so far in some #NoVA  jurisdictions, light in Prince William, stronger in Arlington @nbcwashington”

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    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.

  • normanva

    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.

  • southernvadem

    It cost them time and money

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    “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+.”

  • RSK342

    STAY ON LINE!!

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

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    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)

  • linda b

    Not any minute after!

  • sonofkenny

    Is affecting these turnout totals…are they already accounted for ?

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    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”

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    ‏”@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.”

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    “‏@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.

  • TBill

    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.      

  • BlueDevil1215

    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.

  • DJRippert

    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.

  • hrprogressive

    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.

  • teacherken

    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.

  • normanva

    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 !!

  • teacherken

    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

  • totallynext

    pins and needles  

  • totallynext
  • Cville2DC

    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.