Election Day – Open Thread

Today’s the big day! In Virginia and across the country Americans are deciding who will take the White House and the fate of the Senate. Polls in Virginia are open until 7pm so get out and vote!

What are you seeing in your area? Please share your thoughts and observations throughout the day and come back tonight for results coverage starting at 7pm!

3:54 Update

Paul Ryan has arrived in Richmond and you can watch him live via WTVR CBS 6.

2:50 Update

Paul Ryan is expected for a rally at Richmond International Airport any time now:

Ryan is scheduled to arrive at Richmond International Airport at 2:55 p.m., according to a Romney-Ryan news release. The event is in the Continental Express Hangar.

The event is Ryan’s second of the day, following a stop in Cleveland, Ohio. Ryan also is scheduled to vote in the morning in Janesville, Wis.

2:30 Update

Had the opportunity to talk with Del. Scott Lingamfelter, who is making the precinct rounds in Prince William County. Lines are long, both sides are motivated, but Republican voters have that extra bit of determination in their step. “This is truly a get out the vote election,” says Lingamfelter. “And it’s going to be close.”

Scroll down to hear the audio of our interview.

1:50pm Update

Charlottesville 1 p.m. turnout 36.55% compared to 41.42% at same time in 2008.

Portions of 189 ballots cast in Spotsylvania have been invalidated due to issues when setting up machines in split precincts:

Kathy Smith, county spokeswoman, said this afternoon that the ballots cast by 189 people at the Lee Hill and Summit precincts early this morning are only partially valid. The voters’ choices for president and senate and their preferences on the two constitutional questions will be honored, Smith said. But voters’ choices in the First and Seventh Congressional District races will be discarded, she added.

“All the votes for presidential election, senatorial election and the two questions are valid votes,” Smith said. “The other votes will not count because there’s no way to tell if people were voting in their correct district.”

In the Summit Precinct, 141 votes in the congressional race were disregarded. In the Lee Hill Precinct, 48 votes in the congressional race were disregarded.

10:40 Update

Reports of problems at some Newport News area precincts, with ballots being cast in the wrong congressional districts. Being sorted out now.

9:45 Update

Long lines, and a few glitches according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

  • NormLeahy

    Up to vote before sunrise at Tuckahoe in Henrico county. A long line, but it moved fairly quickly.

  • Jason

    At 6:04 AM lots of people in line to vote, went quickly…It’s going to be a close race.

  • John Scott

    In line at 6:40 at the New London Academy precinct in beautiful Bedford County; voted at 8:05. Couple hundred folks ahead of me; couple hundred behind me. 2008 turnout: 1677 McCain (77.45%); 477 Obama (22.03%). Folks are fired up and voting for Romney today. Let’s talk about undersampling GOP in these polls!

  • Andy

    Chesapeake – 52: Showed up at 6:00am with 100-deep waiting at the door. 75-minute wait.

  • Dry Viking

    At the poll in VBch at 0655. Stood in line for an hour. Big crowd compared to last year, but about the same as 2008. No one spoke of the election, so difficult to ascertain the enthusiasm, but they were there so that says something about turnout. Didn’t see either Rigell or Hirschbiehl but expect them later in the morning.

  • Voted a bit after 9, after 1 hour wait, Green Run VA Beach. Amused by a guy who came to vote for Obama, but didn’t know for whom to vote for the city positions because they didn’t have an R or D beside their names.

  • Conservativa

    In Richmond’s near West End, voted at 8:30 and was #323. In ’08, voted earlier and was about the same voter number, so it looks like turnout is down some. In ’08 my precinct narrowly went D.

  • I cast my ballot absentee, and the process was incredibly smooth by the Chesapeake registrar. I’ll be interested to see how many absentee ballots are cast in both the city and state.

  • Stevo

    Voted this morning at Great Bridge Community Center at 6:15 am. I was back in my truck at 7:05 a.m. Extremely happy to see Americans taking this election seriously! We cannot afford four more years of Obama. It is time we take back our country and return back to our Constitution.

  • Voted at 1:30 voter #801 out of 1500 or so, Lancaster County, Trinity Episcopal. I have neevr seen so many black people at an Episcopal Church. You’d think I walked in there wearing a Nazi armband.

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