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Well the polls in VA opened at 6 AM.  I voted at 7:30 and was the ~ 240th person to vote.  That's pretty good for an off year election.  I heard from a neighbor that there was a line out the door at 6:30.  Since I live in a fairly Dem neighborhood, I'm heartened by that.

What's going on in your precincts?

Please recommend this so that we can keep a pulse of what's going on during the day.

I'm heading back to my precinct at 4:30 to volunteer to handout sample Democratic ballots.  The polls close at 7 PM.

Also, if you live where there are contested Delegate races, let us know how things are faring. It's important for Dems to pick up seats in the house of Delegates. In Arlington, all the Delegates are running unopposed so there's no drama there. But out in Loudon and Prince William County, there could be some big changes happening. Keep us posted.

Originally posted to mlk on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 05:32 AM PST.

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  •  Bush sure gave Kilgore (4.00)
    a powerful endorsement last night.  This quote is from this morning's Huffington Post:

     "The thing I like about this fellow is he grew up on a farm," Bush said in a brief stop on his return from a South American trade mission. "He doesn't have a lot of fancy airs."

    hee hee...he never ceases to amaze me.

    explain how sending young people into battle without armoured vehicles is supporting the troops?

    by bluestatesam on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 05:35:53 AM PST

  •  I haven't voted yet (none)
    Anybody know what the lines are like around North Arlington?
  •  crossing my fingers (none)
    Hope there's something to celebrate tonight as I'm planning on being on the losing side again here in Texas!
  •  I live in a GOP area (none)
    I voted at 7:30.  There were only two other voters when I got there.  Doesn't seem to be a good turnout.  It could be that since it is a military area that monst of them voted earlier than I did but I remember having to stand in line during the presidential election.  

    My republican parents voted for Russ Potts.

  •  Fingers Crossed (none)
    I will be watching your race closely today. Not too much a race here in NYC. I would love to see Kilgore go down especially after Bush's appearance yesterday.
    •  Take note of your voting machine. (none)
      Virginia's State Bureau of Elections have authorized  use of a selection of electronic voting machines that do not meet minimum standards for verification of your vote. These machines do not provide:1) a voter verifiable paper receipt. 2)security from hacking - they have wireless modems.

      You can get up to speed regarding the status of truely trustworthy voting in Virginia as well as the nation here:  Virginia Verified Voting

      There is a Va. Assembly subcommittee working to correct the cavalier (no pun intended) attitude toward vote integrity by the SBE.  See the web site for info.

      Oh yeah, and vote anyway !

  •  I was the 55th voter in western Annandale (none)
    I voted for David Bulova, the school bond and Kaine/Bryne/Deeds of course.  My precinct is typically "red" though Chap Peterson won it twice.
  •  I voted in Fredericksburg, VA at 7:45am. (none)
    I was #94.

    Lots of activity in the area.  Lots of young women showed up this morning.  Also saw a lot of collegiate types in the county library to vote.

    Hopefully Kaine will win big.  Go Big D!!!

  •  Cumberland County (none)
    Howdy folks!

    Been up since 4:30, put up signs and took my partner to the polls to be the election worker for Precinct 4.

    I am precinct captain for 4 and 5.  Turnout at 3,4 and 5 has been good so far. What really surprised me is the total lack of presence of local or campaign efforts at the polling places by Kilgore I mean NONE. No signs, no people, no sample ballots, nothing.

    Does he really think that rural Virginia is that much of a lock? I don't even see the people at the polling places that were there last year for shrub.

    Off to canvass. I am cautiously optimistic.

    NBC is spinning GWB's visit last night as a referendum on GWB; if Kilgore wins, shrub is seen as being 'back'

    What a bunch of tripe.

    Mark
    Cumberland Virginia

    •  i always wondered who put signs up all over the (none)
      place......LOL>   Thanks for your efforts.
    •  Re The Spin (none)
      Yeah, Russert was going big with that analysis on the Today show.  You'd think they could work in that Kilgore avoided Bush when he visited Norfolk last week.

      "L'enfer, c'est les autres." - Jean Paul Sartre, Huis Clos

      "L'enfer, c'est le GOP!" - JJB, from an idea by oratorio

      by JJB on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 06:10:35 AM PST

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    •  But it'll make it all the more sweet (none)
      If Kilgore loses - then Bush has no coattails and will be radioactive for 2006.  

      I refuse to get my hopes up today that Kaine will win.  I can't go through the disappointment like I felt in 2004 again.  But it won't be for lack of trying to get Kaine elected.

  •  I Was The 27th Voter In The A-K Line (none)
    This AM at Silverbrook Elementary school, Fairfax Station.  In addition to the Big 3, I also voted for Greg Werkheiser for Delegate.  Also got to shake GW's hand and wish him good luck, he was there doing some last minute politicking.  The Dem presence was good, in addition to GW, there were people handing out Dem samples ballots, and a guy handing out a sample School Bond ballot.  As I was leaving, some character who looked like a K Street lobbyist (might have been, the school's in a well-to-do neighborhood called Crossepoint, and there's another one with million-dollar-plus homes just across Ox Road called Rosewood) was saying in a rather loud voice "I need a Republican sample ballot!" to which Mr. School Bond replied "can't help you there."  If there were any GOPeratives there, they did a good job of hiding themselves.

    "L'enfer, c'est les autres." - Jean Paul Sartre, Huis Clos

    "L'enfer, c'est le GOP!" - JJB, from an idea by oratorio

    by JJB on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 06:06:12 AM PST

  •  Fairfax here (none)
    I live in a fairly Dem part of Fairfax and got to the polls at 6:05 a.m.  Based on past experience in off year elections, I didn't think there would be a soul there.  There were a few people in my precinct, but an actual line of people in the other.  (Two precincts vote at the same place.)  Seems like a good sign.
  •  It seems Virginia has a voter-ID (none)
    requirement similar to the Georgia one that was just deferred by injunction (although the Georgia one has a fee and is supposed to be a photo-ID).

    Board of Elections info: link.


            WMDT-TV (Delmarva peninsula) report:

    [Accomack County Board of Elections registrar Ann] Loukx says voters should remember a few things before they go to polls Tuesday. First, bring proper identification--either a driver's license of any valid government ID like a voter registration card or Social Security card. Loukx also suggests leaving the political paraphernalia at home.


    "Cover it up when they come in the polls. If they have a shirt or a button on, take that off. If they have a shirt on, they need to take that off," Loukx said.

    Loukx warns if you don't follow these rules, you might be asked to leave before you get the chance to vote.

    Hmmmm.

    •  Virginia much less strict (none)
      Any sort of ID works - voter registration card included.  Does not have to be a picture ID.  If you don't have ID you can still cast a provisional ballot.  This was a law passed when the Republicans stirred up the "Democrats cheat and have dead people voting" paranoia.

      However the political paraphenalia is definitely enforced.  It's to stop harassment of voters in line.  You cannot wear a shirt that endorses a candidate or a sticker that endorses a candidate or anything - have to take it off/cover it up.  So the people who are handing out stickers for a candidate give them to people who have already voted.  But this rule to me isn't bad.

      -Fred

      Democrats *do* have a plan for Social Security - it's called Social Security. -- Ed Schultz

      by FredFred on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 07:21:16 AM PST

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  •  Robinson Precinct (none)
    I was voter #147 in the A-G line (at least that's what I recall).  There was no line at all at 8:30 in the morning but there were people coming in about as quickly as they were leaving - I think 3-4 machines were in use the time I was there.  Last year there was a 90-minute line at approximately the same time of day.

    Some stats:

    2004 President Fairfax Country cast 461,379 votes and went 53.25% Kerry, 45.94% Bush.  My precinct had 2,831 votes and went 49.8% Kerry, 49.2% Bush.

    2001 Governor Fairfax County cast 269,014 votes and went 54.47% Warner, 44.90% Earley(R).  My precinct had 1,863 votes and went 51.4% Warner, 48.0% Earley.

    So my precinct is a very very very slight "D" precinct, so high turnout at my precinct vs. low turnout, probably a wash.  If there were 600 votes already, but given that people voting "before work" had largely already voted, I'm betting we're close to the 2001 turnout.  My precinct has a competitive house of delegates race so that may help.

    -Fred

    Democrats *do* have a plan for Social Security - it's called Social Security. -- Ed Schultz

    by FredFred on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 07:02:15 AM PST

  •  Woodlawn Precinct of Arlington (none)
    At 9:30 I was number 328
  •  Just short of noonish (none)
    I was 221 in my itsy-bitsy-teeny-weenie community. Shocked by the new touch screen machines, AVS. Had to press pretty hard to register the vote.  
    Amused by the dozens of Kilgore signs...with big flags attached....it felt..desperate. Lawn signs are around 2 to one, Kaine.
    Wrote in my vote for Ballenger, and it really felt good to flip the bird to Carrico in that way. Will be interesting to see how many write ins, as this was only agreed to on Sat.
    Talked to too many people who are not voting, not registered, asshats all. At least I know who to work on for 06.

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