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Heavy Turnout But Smooth Voting In Northern Virginia

Despite heavy turnout, it sounds like voting has gone fairly smoothly in Northern Virginia:

Registrars in Northern Virginia told me this afternoon that voting has gone extremely well thus far, with unprecedented turnout across the board, very few problems inside the polls, and just a few minor glitches here and there that are nothing out of the ordinary for a presidential election.

Linda Lindberg, the Arlington County registrar, said more than 60 percent of eligible voters had cast ballots by mid-afternoon before the after-work crush, and her expectations are to have about 80 percent of the 149,000 registered voters cast ballots today. Aside from “very heavy” morning turnout, a few minor problems with optical scanners jamming and a few electronic pollbooks taking some time to boot up, Lindberg said voting has gone well.

“I am very pleased it has turned out so smoothly,” Lindberg said.

Fairfax County Registar Rokey Suleman said that after the “typical morning hiccups that occur with every election,” things have gone very well in Northern Virginia’s largest jurisdiction. Between 60 percent and 70 percent of the county’s 680,000 registered voters had cast ballots by about 3 p.m.

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At 4:15 p.m., a Loudoun elections official estimated that 60 to 70 percent of registered voters had turned out so far. The turnout in the 2004 presidential election was 77.5 percent.
“It’s a slightly higher turnout than usual,” said Dianna Price, secretary of the county electoral board. “But this isn’t any different from what we expected.”

No word on Prince William County but I think we can assume it’s about the same.

As far as that “smooth” part goes, we’re now at the point in the day when that will really be put to the test. People who haven’t voted yet are getting off work and getting in line.

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