Voters headed to the polls Tuesday for an off-year election day and elected Terry McAuliffe (D) over Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) in the Virginia gubernatorial race. There was also a mayoral race in New York City and a governor’s race in New Jersey, among others, and an attorney general’s race in Virginia that looks to be headed towards a recount. Find all the news here.
On Monday, Terry McAuliffe (D) and Ken Cuccinelli (R) headed out to talk to voters and make their case on the final full day of the campaign:
A half-full parking lot and a steady stream of voters greeted a rising sun at the River Oaks precinct along Route One in Prince William County.
The line moved quickly — a relief to Michael Abellard, 23, a Woodbridge resident who works in insurance claims. He said unlike last year, he was able to vote and get on with his day. During the last presidential election, the precinct was the site of massive lines and delays, with the last voter casting a ballot around 10:45 p.m.
Abellard said he voted for Democrats. ”I’m not with the whole tea party movement,” he said.
Abellard said he had primarily come to vote for Loree Williams for School Board. Even though he’s not a parent, the schools will influence the community’s future more than anything, he explained.
“They’re going to get the future jobs,” he said.
The voting precinct at Forest Grove Elementary in Sterling opened in the school gym at 6 a.m., greeting a line of about 15 voters.
Sterling resident David L. Marshall said he voted Republican straight down the ticket. ”Let’s just say that I’m really unhappy with these liberals trying to take the Constitution down,” said Marshall, adding that gun rights are especially important to him.
Kathryn Prichard, a 23-year-old student, said she voted for all Democrats this time. She said she was excited to cast a ballot for gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. ”I like his pro-choice and marriage equality positions,” she said.
Kammi Sharp, of Sterling, said she was also excited to vote for McAuliffe: ”I like his plans to turn things around for Virginia with jobs and better transportation.”
Julia Landrum, a designer from Sterling, said voted a straight Republican ticket. She voted to reelect Tom Rust to Virginia’s House of Delegates because she was happy with his leadership. Landrum also said she was eager to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.
“I’m very much pro-life,” she said, adding that she is opposed to abortion in all cases. Cuccinelli, she said, “has been really misrepresented.”
Loudoun County registrar Judy Brown said that she was anticipating voter turnout of about 40 percent across the county in Tuesday’s election.
At Forest Grove Elementary in Sterling, about 80 of the precinct’s 3,700 voters — just over 2 percent — had cast ballots within the first 45 minutes of the precinct’s opening.
“It’s better than the primary,” joked precinct chief Trudy Goodwin.
A handful of precincts in Loudoun County reported problems with the laptop computers used to check in voters, according to Loudoun County registrar Judy Brown.
Brown said the problem was not widespread across the county and did not impact the votes themselves.
“We have three different brands of laptops in use, and with one model some election officers are having issues getting them networked together,” Brown said.
Instead of having one running tally of the number of voters, she said, the laptops are being used independently until technicians can address the issue.
“But this should not affect anything at all,” Brown said. “It’s not like we are losing any votes or information.”
The hiccup caused a minor delay Tuesday morning at some precincts, including Forest Grove Elementary in Sterling. But precinct chief Trudy Goodwin said the operation soon was proceeding smoothly, and by 6:45 a.m., the short line of voters in the school gym had entirely dispersed.
Terry McAuliffe, accompanied by his family, headed to Spring Hill Elementary School in his McLean neighborhood to cast his vote at 6:30 a.m. this morning.
The polls opened about two hours ago in Virginia and won’t close until 7 p.m. When the election is over, exit polls could provide key data about the race between gubernatorial candidiates Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli II. Will Republicans turn out to vote? Just how big will McAuliffe’s margin be among women? And in the end, what impact did Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis have? Head to The Fix for more on what these exit polls will teach us.
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At Park View High School in Sterling, about 134 of the precinct’s 2,500 registered voters had come through by 8 a.m., election officials said, with a steady stream of people continuing to arrive.
The precinct was among those in Loudoun that experienced an early problem with its laptop computers. The computers were not connecting to one another properly, making the check-in process slower. A simple reboot solved the problem, officials said.