Skip to comments.Virginia -- Post Your Morning Voting Observations Here!!
Posted on 11/06/2012 6:03:13 AM PST by CWW
Post your Virginia voting observations here.
We're particularly interested in the turnout at more democratic precincts in NOVA (Northern Virginia).
I voted in the City of Richmond. The line was smaller than in 2008, which is a good sign for Romney. The makeup of the line was different as well. There were more older, white voters and fewer African-American voters (although a good chunk of the line was AA due to the precinct).
Overall, I think this is good news for Romney.
I am hearing huge lines in the suburbs of Richmond, which again is a good sign.
Voted in Chesterfield County, a suburb of Richmond. Had to wait 25 minutes in what should be Romney country. Drove by two other polling places with what appears to be large turnouts in Romney country.
Voted in Newport News at 7:30. No line, but I was #346 so there must have been a line earlier. About 1,800 votes were cast in my precinct in both 2004 and 2008. Bush carried it by 20 points and McCain carried it by 3 points. Not sure anything can be made from my observation.
"To anyone Votine the 7th Congressional District at LEE'S HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL..."
"There is going to be about a 2 hour delay... All their machines are set up for the 1st Congressional District... They are working on getting them switched out..."
I'm in a very red area of Central Virginia and polls were packed. Most I've ever seen in my 25 years of voting.
I voted at precinct 62 in the Landstown section of VA Beach. Got in line at 6:15 and came out of the polling place at 7:30. The line was over a block long and I was talking to the 5or six people in front of me and the 10 behind me and we were all Romney voters. The couple behind me refused to vote in 08 because they couldn’t support McCain, but said they’d never make that mistake again.
Well, have to wait for the kids to get up to go vote.
Of course, school is out here for 3 days I guess for voting and for parent/teacher conferences. I think the teachers actually work maybe a total of 2 weeks in November, with the holidays and conferences.
So, we parents have to gather all the kids up to go vote, which takes some time, while the teachers, I guess, can walk in unemcumbered and unrushed/enjoying their day off —all for THEIR convenience this arrangement ...not ours.
Hubby went out early in PWC/Woodbridge area. Says he stood in line over an hour and missed his bus. Said it seemed about 50/50 R vs Obama voters — but just his observation.
Our area is a weird mix of military, retired military, but also many lower rung government workers and general DC supporting staff as well as GOBS of immigrants. It’s a more conservative bedroom community ... but lots of Obama voters ...lots of Chick Fil A voters, too, however.
Drove by our polling place this morning. I’m in SW VA.
During 2008, there was a line out the door virtually all day, and they were mostly ‘0bama voters’(there are ways you can tell). This morning there was nobody.
When I go back, I’ll have a much better idea, and will provide an update.
Holy crap, this from Wavy 10’s Facebook page in Hampton Roads:
According to the Newport News Registrar’s Office, the wrong Newport News precinct ballots were opened at BC Charles. The problem has since been corrected and the location is open for voting, according to the office.
If you experience voting problems like this, please email us at ReportIt@wavy.com.
FWIW, this precint was in Rob Wittman’s district and was switched to Scott Rigell’s. Extremely republican precinct. Something fishy is going on.
Voted this morning with Governor Allen in the Mount Vernon district — The crowd was clearly tilted towards the TAKERS, however compared to 2008, the lines were not as long at 6:00 am. Hoping the MAKERS will show up throughout the day and when they return home from work.
Voted in a downtown area of Richmond, heavy Obama territory. The line was shorter than 2008, but the polling place was also more efficient this time. So, I’m not sure what to make of it.
I would note that on Sunday I found a Romney/Ryan brochure on my door. I’ve never received Republican literature in this neighborhood in the 16 years I’ve lived here. So I think that’s a good sign.
Maybe illegal aliens and or useful idiots bussed in and hired to vote for 0mambajamba...
We cannot expect the Americans to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of Socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism.
- Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev, 1959.
I live in Virginia and arrived at the polling precint @ 5:15 and was about 15th in line. By the time I finished voting the line was 150+. It was about 75% black, which isnt abnormal, or county is 45% black and went for obama last election. By the time my husband arrived a little after 7:00 he said the racial makeup was exact opposite, it was 75% white, most dressed for work. He said line was 250 + easy. Not sure what to make of it all, but just praying my hardest!
PWC/Woodbridge, got there at about 0650. Finally left at 0800.
VERY strong turnout. I couldn’t believe they only had 4 voting machines for all that crowd.
I voted around 7:30 at Creighton Corner (Loudoun County in NOVA) and the ratio of green (GOP) to blue (Dem) voter guides in the line was probably 5-1 green. Pleasantly surprised!
9th congressional district. Almost 50% of registered voters have voted here. We are a farming community. Heavily conservative.
Northern Virginia, Precinct 113: My wife and step-son voted around 7:30 and said the line was very long. I voted at 9 AM and the line was short. Huge surge in Obama yard signs over last few weeks...and Romney signs stolen.
Three people passing out GOP sample ballots. Only one for the Dems. Passed a GOP canvasser in my neighborhood on my drive back. Not sure what to make of it all.
That's the anti-Romney planned parenthood ads (your tax money at work). They had them on all the radio stations.
I had a two hour wait in line here in Va. Beach. Long line but not even close to the lines of 2008.
My retired military buddy and his wife voted in Stafford County this AM and said it looked like a normal turnout. But... admitted that this was the first time they voted there so didn’t have anything to compare it with. Said there was about 30 people in front of him when they first opened the doors. In and out with no problems.
I live in a little place called Pulaski. We are so small we have 3 districts that vote at one location. I was THRILLED to walk up and find Morgan Griffiths (Congress candidate) greeting us in line. Said he would be there ALL DAY. He spoke to my husband and I for a couple minutes. I was pleased to meet him.
That said our lines were about a 30 minute wait. We got there shortly after 6am.
Onto another subject I observed a little old lady came in wearing a bright red OBAMA hat, an Obama shirt, and carrying a bag with a photo of Obama on it. I thought you couldn’t display that stuff inside where people are voting? OH well...she was old and whatever. Wouldn’t have changed anyone’s mind. I wore RED since I was voting for a red-blooded American for President :>)
We are in rural central Virginia. My husband is off today and just left to go vote (I’ll go later).
Normally, at our voting place, there are no lines. At most, I might have to wait for one person to vote ahead of me, but usually I can just walk right up to the voting machine. Hubby just called and said the place is absolutely packed, with a long line. That’s a first.
7AM Hour and fifteen min wait in Va Beach precinct that usually trends GOP.(55%-60%) Poll worker said I was lucky I wasnt here when the polls opened at 6AM because the lines were a lot longer then
Additionally, I saw nothing whatever that looked like shenanigans- and I was all eyeballs looking. My voter ID card was checked and my identity diligently confirmed. I checked and rechecked my choices- nothing amiss there.
There was a positive mood to the whole thing, friendly chat between obvious supporters of different candidates.
I had some friendly rivalry banter with a guy handing out GOP literature in a retired Navy baseball cap (he saw my USMC badge neck lanyard) and we both went away laughing.
Long wait in the cold, but a good experience.
May the heros of Benghazi be proud of how we vote today.
They gave their lives for us, now we need to give our votes for them.
Vote as if the lives of our Military Men and Women depended on it.
Waited about 50 minutes in a 75+ - deep line in (R+6) Gloucester County, VA. GC is good to go... in 2008, we supported McCain over Obooger by 63% - 36%.
The heroes of Benghazi were the people foremost in my thoughts this morning, as were the thirteen adults and one unborn child murdered by the terrorist traitor at Fort Hood three years ago yesterday. My vote was in all of their honor, and I pray they will be permitted to one day see the justice they deserve.
Got to my polling place (Jim Moron territory - mis-spelling intentional) at 5:30 this morning. About 75 people already ahead of me. Same time back in ‘08, there were 200+ ahead of me.
Took about 1.5 hours to vote. Ratio of R volunteers to D volunteers was about 2-to-1, which in my area seemed to be a good sign. Saw the Republican poll watcher, same fellow as in ‘08. I thanked him, he smiled and said “Glad to do my job.”
Wythe county, Rural Retreat: 0600 the line was long, in fact the largest crowd I’ve seen ready to vote so early. I was #3 and I know how the first 3 voted=Romney
Voted in Fredericksburg at 0900 at Hugh Mercer Elementary School.
Was in line for 35 minutes. My vote was number 697. Heavy turnout, very diverse. My first presidential election here, so I can’t compare to other years.
Some moron left a campaign leaflet for the Dem congressional candidate in my booth. Handed it to an election official who didn’t want to take from me.
Polls opened at 6 AM and my wife and I arrived at 6:35 AM. There were about 150+ people in line ahead of us and we waited outside in 27 degree weather for about 15 minutes.
This was the longest line I have seen since I was stationed here in 1992 and started voting in 1996. There were many minorities in line while we were there but it was around the time many folks were getting ready to go to work. So many people here go to work at 4 AM I hope the conservatives rebound when they get back from work and then vote.
Stafford County is/was a solid conservative county but the past several years have seen an influx of leftists moving here because we used to have low property values and great schools. I still think we will go Romney, but not in the percentages we used to.
Is that not as it should be? I thought jury duty was a civic responsibility. If you don’t want to miss “The View” then why be allowed to vote?
I've been working with the Romney campaign in Tidewater for a couple of months. Chances are good that if you voted in a GOP primary somebody knocked on your door and/or left literature at your door. The Romney campaign haad the best GOTV and canvassing effort I've ever seen in VA.
My wife and I love Claytor lake.
Fairfax City: The voting line was long and mostly old white folks like myself. Only 2 folks had a blue voter card. I am praying.
Glad you posted . My thoughts exactly. I really can’t add much because I am in NJ. I am a Richmond Spider B’81.
Praying for Va. and USA today.
voted at Briar Woods, short line maybe 10 minutes. Not much to report. looked like the mix I’d expect.
Bedford City..half hour west of Lynchburg...no issues, pleasant crowd, I would say about 10 minute wait on line....I’d say 60-40 R to D by sample ballot takers and overall buzz.
Voted in Norfolk this morning. There were several 0bama signs posted but not a single Romney sign. Saw two people in wheel chairs who were severely mentally ill. Both were brought in by a third party and both had the blue democrat sample ballot.
Same at Mill Run Elementary (also Loudoun County, for those who don’t live here). After the 2008 election, I dubbed LoCo the People’s Republic of Northern Virginia.
Very strong ratio of green to blue.
Also, I checked in using my concealed handgun permit!!!!
Sooooo tired of hearing that damned commercial this past weekend. Every 3 minutes!
Great falls Virginia here.
Heavy, heavy turnout this morning. Most people taking Republican sample ballots.
Western Prince William seemed light around ten this morning but the poll workers said it was crazy busy earlier in the AM and they expect it to be busy again after 4pm. Most of my neighbors did the absentee this year.
Prince William County (Lakeridge) went with wife unit midmorning to avoid the early rush. 2 hour wait so had to leave for work, but will return on broken glass. Longest wait since I got here in 1996. About 40-50% seemed to have a blue “sample ballot” meaning they are not voting for the American. Lots of school teachers (mostly liberal) in line since they have the day off.
Voted at Waples Mill School (10th Congressional) in Oakton. Waited 45 minutes on line. Have been voting at this site for 24 years and in the 10th District for 34 and have never seen a crowd like this (I’d say double that of ‘08 at approx. the same time of day). But, aside from a slightly increased minority representation (bringing the total to about 5%), no clues whatsoever as to who might be winning the vote. Frank Wolf (R) has won this district for as long as I’ve been voting for him, but it went for O in ‘08.
Just voted in People’s Republic of Arlington. Good sized line when I arrived & was told it’s been steady since open. Open was on par with other prez elections - long line. When I completed voting line was completely gone. However I suspect both Alexandria & Arlington will have the usual big turn out. Not sure how it reflects on the more politically diverse Fairfax.
SO... Fellow VAs in red or purple counties leave no Romney vote to waste. We need every single vote to win the state. The left isn’t that demoralized here.