Election Day in Virginia: What You Need To Know, Links, Open Thread

UPDATE: Watch election returns at VPAP.gov and the Virginia State Board of Elections.

UPDATE: 7:00: Polls are closed. We will update here throughout the evening.

It’s Election Day 2017 in Virginia. Elections are determined by those who show up so vote! This link will be updated throughout the day so check back for any updates from Bearing Drift’s contributors who are located statewide and other news of the day.

Scroll down for updates from voters around the Commonwealth and observations from news sources.

Share your observations:
What are you seeing? What is turnout in your area? Please share your experiences in the comments.

Where to vote:
Unsure of where your precinct is located? Check the State Board of Elections website at elections.virginia.gov.

Poll Hours:
Polls are open from 6:00am until 7:00pm. Voters standing in line when the polls close will be allowed to vote.

On the ballot:
Lieutenant Governor
Attorney General
House of Delegates Member

Voter ID:
Voter must have photo ID to cast a ballot such as a Virginia driver’s license, state-issued ID cards, U.S. passports, and student ID. For voters without acceptable identification, they may be required to vote by provisional ballots that are counted once the voter’s identification is confirmed.

Control of House of Delegates:
Virginia’s House of Delegates is controlled by the GOP with Republicans holding a 66-34 majority. A pickup of even one seat would form a supermajority (stops governor’s veto). However, it is expected Republicans will lose seats although probably not the 17 needed by Democrats to gain control.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Election Day Predictions:
Scott Lee and Norm Leahy share their predictions about Virginia’s election results on The Score.

The polls leading into Election Day:


Voter observations and updates around Virginia…..

7:00: Polls are closed. We will update here throughout the night but if you want to follow results go to VPAP.org or Virginia State Board of Elections.

6:30: Moorefield Precinct in Loudoun County — a friend of Rick Sincere’s was voter number 985 at about 5:30. He says the total voting there in 2013 was 640.

6:00: @VotingGuy reports Bedford County update at 4pm was 33.5% voter turnout, not including absentees.

6:00: Petersburg City reports 35.6% turnout.

5:15: Chesterfield, according to CBS Melissa Hipolit, is at 37% turnout so far not including absentees. She reports that the registrar says it was 48-50% overall four years ago.

5:15: Fairfax City reports voter turnout at almost 48%.

5:15: Matt Talhelm with NBC-29 reports that Charlottesville voter count is 12,102 (42% voter turnout). That exceeds voter totals from past governor races: 209 (10,056) and 2005 (10,104).

5:30: Henrico Melissa Hipolit with CBS at Third Church Precinct on Forest Ave reports 71% voter turnout.

5:00: Fairfax County reports voter turnout at 46%, equal to 2013 governor election level, with another two hours left to vote.

5:00: Falls Church turnout was 57%.

4:00: Richmond Times-Dispatch report says Richmond registrar noted turnout in the city was 37%.

4:00: Charlottesville turnout, as per @ElectProject, at 12,102 voters + 1,302 absentee = 13,404 voted = 45.4% of active registered voters. Exceeds 12,508 for governor in 2013.

2:00 – Chesterfield County: Voter turnout at 2:00 was at 32%.

Oops … sorry! I’ve been on phone calls so will get back to updating voter turnout reports.

4:05: MD Russ wrote, “At noon Lovettsville West had 851 voters, more than they usually get all day in an off year.  This is not good news for Republicans.  Bringing Trump in was probably not a good idea.”

4:00: Rick Sincere says he was voter #947 at Georgetown Precinct in Albemarle County, and added, “There’s been light but steady rain in the Charlottesville area all day. I don’t know if it has affected voter turnout. One of the election officers told me that turnout had been heavy this morning but had slacked off since then. He was expecting more voters after 5 o’clock. I did not have to stand in line at all but there were three or four other voters casting their ballots at the same time as I was.”

Falls Church: From Voting Guy who retweets Dave Bjerke: Turnout at 2:00 is 46.5%.

Caroline County: As of 2:00 reports are that turnout in Caroline appears to be high compared with the total numbers from 2013.

3:00: In Augusta County the rain has lightened a bit and the temp is at a bone-chilling 39 degrees.

Fairfax County: Voter turnout is up 2% over 2013 numbers.

Loudoun County: As of 2:30 voter turnout was at 23%.

Prince William County: at 1:00 they were at 19% turnout.

Arlington: AT noon they had 30% turnout.

Fairfax County: As of 2:00 estimated voter turnout was 30%

Henrico: As of noon they had 30% turnout.

Tazewell: As of 2:00 they had 22% turnout.

Charlottesville: As of 1:00 they had 31% voter turnout.

Fauquier County: At 1:30pm – 25% turnout. Cold and drizzly.

National Election: Northern Virginia voter heard on MSNBC News: “I’m a lifelong Republican but this country needs to get back on track.” She voted for Ralph Northam (D). Do others feel the same?

2:00: Garrett Haake (MSNBC) on Twitter: “Fairfax County says 209,223 votes cast by 2pm. That’s 30.6% of registered voters. Turnout was 46.8% at end of day in 2013. 5 hours left.”

1:00: Report from Mechanicsville that she was voter #777 well before noon at Black Creek Precinct.

12:50: Word received that Alexandria is up by 9,000 votes at noon compared to 4 years ago.

12:15pm: Lynn Mitchell was voter # 382 at Churchville Precinct in Augusta County which is a brisk pace. We have a contested supervisor race that is contributing to the turnout.

11:20: 624 voters at Columbia Precinct in Fluvanna County.

11:00: No wait at Weyres Cave precinct in Augusta County.

10:30: Chesterfield County’s Black Heath precinct — voter #431.

10:30: Ridgeview Precinct in Augusta County had 637 voters.

10:10: Hearing that Prince William County turnout is slightly below 2013 numbers for House and Gillespie, but with Absentee up it may simply be a result of that

9:45: Melissa Kenney, Voter #413 at Columbia Precinct. A local race is helping drive traffic.

9:35: Churchville Precinct in Augusta County has been busy all morning. It’s been pouring rain. Temperature was 49 degrees before sunrise and has been steadily dropping all morning. Currently 42.

9:30: Melissa Kenney: 360 have voted.

9:10: DJ Spiker: Henrico County, Ridgefield Precinct (hard R), 910 voters.

8:30: Melissa Kenney says Shaun was Voter #256.

7:40: Melissa Kenney (Columbia Precinct in Fluvanna County) — “Turnout is brisk. About 25 people in line to vote at 6am, which is comparable to other statewide years.”

7:25: Melissa Kenney (Columbia Precinct in Fluvanna County) — “Poll books down at my precinct. Long lines; some people have left without voting because they have to get to work, school. Local EB folks just arrived with backup equipment, so hopefully we’ll get moving again.”

6am: Polls open.

Virginia’s governor race in the news:


  • Wes Fisher

    Voter #250 at 8:30 in Arlington- Lyon Park

  • Craig Scott

    The wife and I also voted at 8:30 AM at the Lyndhurst (Precinct -006 / Augusta county) Fire Station. A line was forming when we left by the misty red clad hills of the Blue Ridge.

  • JWS

    Ben Tribbett:

    I’ve been working Virginia elections since 1994 and never seen a worse three hour morning for Republicans before. Complete melt down.

    • S Fisher

      What happened

      • MD Russ

        Trump happened. This is a harbinger of the 2018 mid-terms. Republicans in Congress need to decide now if they want to be Trumpsters or return the republic to representative democracy. There is no middle ground.

  • Jim McGuire

    @12:40: Voter #1,069 at Sycamore precinct in Chesterfield County.

  • S Fisher

    Family voted at 7:30am in Newport News Charles District….was #197

  • Lynn R. Mitchell

    Thank you to the commenters who have offered feedback.

  • David Obermark

    My personal experience was that turn out might be strong this year. Strong turn out favors Dems. It is my hope the turn out is strong enough to carry Ralph over the top. It is also my deepest hope that of those who do turn out, enough of them turned out to run Herring out of office.

  • Lawrence Wood

    Gillespie had every break in the final two weeks you could ask for as a candidate running against a stumbling opponent coming down to the wire who was clearly showing vulnerability and still couldn’t close it out. Worse than that it appears the polls and pundits were totally wrong and he wasn’t in a close race, in fact he wasn’t in a competitive position at all. If the state party can’t internalize this message they are in fact truly lost and irredeemable.

    The base didn’t turn out for this candidate, period. For those that believe that if the party had just run an anti Trump candidate rather than this political equivocator the situation would have been different you are not dealing in the realm of sanity. Gillespie sat on the fence and it cost him an election embarrassment and potentially worse he collapsed the remainder of the ticket. If this doesn’t force you to go back to square one and rethink the whole Virginia reality, nothing is ever going to.

  • old_redneck

    GOVERNOR Northam

    Northam won by a greater margin than Clinton.

    In Prince William and Fauquier counties, Democrats stomped two long-serving GOP rightwing nutcases:
    — Sideshow Bob Marshall lost — to a transgendered woman!!
    — Scott “I Am Not A Raving Loon” Lingamfelter lost to a Latina!!

    AS of 9:00 PM, HOD is up for grabs: Now 46D, 43R and 11 seats not yet called.

  • old_redneck

    May I ask that someone do a favor for me?

    I’ve been banned from The Bull Elephant. The Lovettsville Lady could not stand the truth.

    Could one of you folks who has not yet been banned from TBE slide over there and point out to The Lovettsville Lady the results in Loudon County:
    Northam: 59 – 39
    Fairfax: 58 – 42
    Herring: 60 – 40
    Democrats won HOD 10, 32, 34, 67, 86, and 87.
    Republicans won HOD 33.

    Thank you.

    • Jonathon Moseley

      Sure but what is your conclusion? What are you trying to argue with this post? I don’t get it so far.

      • 21stcenturyMBA

        what are you arguing that we should go further to the right? Hillary WON Virginia that’s all you need to know. The key to coming back is a Hogan strategy not a Cuccineeli strategy.

    • Jonathon Moseley

      You are arguing that in Loudoun and Fairfax — the Counties that moderate Gillespie was supposed to win — Gillespie did the worst in?

  • Jonathon Moseley

    WILL BEARING DRIFT NOW SHUT DOWN IN SHAME? Or will you continue to spread the same nonsense proven wrong every single time? https://fairfaxfreecitizen.com/2017/11/08/losing-strategy-not-candidate/

  • Jonathon Moseley

    ARE REPUBLICAN MODERATES INCAPABLE OF LEARNING ANYTHING from experience? https://fairfaxfreecitizen.com/2017/11/08/losing-strategy-not-candidate/

    • Eric the half a troll

      Your spam comments not withstanding, I certainly hope this is the lesson Republicans take from this election. We are counting on it.

  • Craig Scott

    Hopefully Gov. elect Northam can push marijuana (I believe a
    win / win for the commonwealth) reform and reduce the level of fear pushed by
    (I think he will, at least in the latter item) both sides.
    The Republican party of Virginia needs to do some (honest) soul searching and get away from the failed “Establishment” orthodoxy. Liberty and
    prosperity are popular, and are nascent in the party, example school choice. It
    must be expanded in other areas such as health care, make the case for ending cartelization in this and other fields of commerce. Another-words make an articulate case that freedom is the ideal value in all aspects for a higher quality of life.

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