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Reports across the state indicate polling locations were swamped with voters this morning - some lines began forming as early as 4:00 a.m.

Hampton and Newport News, located in the southeast corner of the state, are reporting extremely heavy turnout, which is great news for Obama in this part of the state.  Reports from television stations are stating that even though the lines are long, they are at least moving, with few problems reported.  

Long lines are reported across central Virginia - some polling locations in the suburbs of Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield, had anywhere from 700 to 1000 people in line, which were verified by reporters.  Depending on the precinct, this could be good or bad news for Obama.    

Extremely long lines were reported in Petersburg as well, which is good news for Obama as this city is majority AA.



Reports are surfacing per the Richmond Times Dispatch that a number of precints are reporting totla machine failures and have switched to paper ballots in Henrico and Hanover counties.

Reports from Northern Virginia indicate heavy voting and long lines in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, good news for Obama.  Arlington County, which is heavily Democratic, reported that 25% of voters had already cast absentee ballots.  Arlington Democratic committee is pushing their 80/80 plan - 80& turnout and 80% vote for Obama.

Reports of telephone calls telling voters to vote at the incorrect precinct reached a fever pitch yesterday afternoon.  The Virginia State Board of Elections issued a press release yesterday afternoon telling voters to check the Board's website or call their registrar to confirm their precinct.  

Unfortunately, this may be due to problems with the Obama phone tool on their website, having crossed incorrect voting precinct locations with names of registered voters.  A friend of mine in a county in southeast Virginia received one of these calls; he was told to vote at a school in a city near him.  He confronted the gentleman on the phone, whose phone number showed up on his caller ID.  The gentleman assured him he was using the Obama websites phone tool and it had his precinct listed incorrectly.

Originally posted to FlipperWaves on Tue Nov 04, 2008 at 06:17 AM PST.

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