This is the place for you to discuss what you’re seeing and hearing, both here in Virginia and from family or friends anywhere in the U.S. How long did you have to wait to vote? What number voter were you? What were people saying while waiting in line? Which campaigns had poll workers present?
At some point today, I may be providing a Virginia update on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Indie Talk Channel 110, so if you have any interesting anecdotes, post ’em here and maybe I’ll get to tell the nation.
NOTE: UPDATES will be in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top and the first at the bottom.
UPDATE 11 (Riley):
The wife just voted. No wait. She just walked right in.
UPDATE 10 (Hirons):
Stafford County turnout is close to 2004. We’re happy about that. Expect similar results.
UPDATE 9 (Va Patriot):
2:30 p.m. Turnout in the populous GOP heavy precincts of Chesterfield County is high. At the polling station I was working, it was well over 58% as of 2pm.
UPDATE 8 (Hirons):
1 p.m. — Why has obama deployed poll watchers and lawyers for every poll he’s the one who should be watched cheater-in-chief?
UPDATE 7 (Riley):
CNN is reporting problems with ballots in Chesapeake. Apparently, rain running off of people’s clothing is getting the paper ballots wet and the optical scanners are having a difficult time reading them.
Also just received a phone call from Julie Lucas informing me that Obama supporters have stapled signs for their candidate onto VDOT signs all along the Pr. Wm. Co. Parkway.
UPDATE 6 (Pedro’s Dwarf):
Update from LoudounCo –
We got to the middle school to vote around 5:55, and found the line had hundreds in it. To give you an idea, suppose the precinct was at Potomac H.S.: the line would have stretched to Mary Williams E.S. Our precinct was split into lines by alphabet, and I was the 189th voter in the K-N line (easily the longest of the five lines). I’m guessing I was around the 500th voter, and was out of the precinct about 6:50. We have one electronic machine and probably 15 or so booths for optical scanner ballots … the optical ballots were a huge time saver. I can’t figure out why someone would use the electronic.
Oh, and Riley got a write-in vote for Senate. I’m still pissed we didn’t have a primary.
UPDATE 5 (Riley):
ABC News reports on two other guys in Barry Obama’s neighborhood who have shown up at his polling place to vote: Bill Ayers and Louis Farrakhan.
UPDATE 4 (Riley):
Townhall.com reports problems in Philadelphia where
GOP Election Board members have been tossed out of polling stations in at least half a dozen polling stations in Philadelphia because of their party status.
. . .
The City of Brotherly Love was roiled in controversy during the 2004 election because of rigged voting machines that showed nearly 2,000 votes for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry before the polls had opened. A man also used a gun to intimidate poll workers at Ward 30, division 11 in 2004.
UPDATE 3 (Not Not Jay Hughes):
6:35 AM – Eddie just told me there is a line that’s been looped 4 times over by election officials to accommodate the huge turnout and the polls weren’t even open. Folks are having to park in the Union Bank & Trust parking lot and walk across ladysmith rd to get to the school.
UPDATE 2 (Hirons):
05:25 — Off to work the polls happy election day! Checked on Falmouth first line 60 deep already. Then off to Drew M.S. smaller line here. Turn out is high in Stafford — probably not good news for the good guys.
08:32 — AP doing exit polling in Stafford. Talking 4 to 1 to minorities over whites at a Republican precinct (Falmouth). Expect it to be skewed. Don’t trust the exit polls as they start to trickle out.
UPDATE 1 (Riley):
4:50 a.m — Arrived at polling place. Already about 30 people in line. Brand new precinct. First time any election has been held there. No Democrat signs or poll workers. I plastered the place with signs for McCain/Palin, Gilmore and Wittman.
5:05 a.m. — Got in line. I was approx. number 50.
5:11 a.m. — About 70 people in line. Mostly African-American. Still no Democrat signs or poll workers.
5:34 a.m. — Now about 150 people in line. Still probably about 90 percent African-American. Still no Dem signs or workers.
5:45 a.m. — Sudden large influx of white voters.
6 a.m. — Polls open. Probably about 350 people in line at a precinct that has just over 2,900 voters registered. Told that over 200 people had already voted via absentee ballot.
6:15 a.m. — Made it through the line and voted. Prepared to work the polls outside. Found they messed up our sample ballots for my precinct, putting down Keith Fimian for Congress instead of Rob Wittman. This was after they also messed up and didn’t get any Wittman signs. Fortunately, Hirons dropped off a bunch for me last night.
6:30 a.m. — Dem workers finally showed up. Definitely not from the community. Had Obama/Biden, Warner and Bill Day signs. Also had coffee and sample ballots.
7 a.m. — FOX News reports that Jeri Thompson, wife of fmr. Sen. Fred Thompson, said that there were around 300 people at 5:40 a.m. at her polling place in McLean.