Virginia Elections Roundup
Below is a selection of news and links from around the web about the Virginia elections.
Albemarle County's registrar, Jake Washburn, told DailyProgress.com that he expects a higher voter turnout because of the contested races for sheriff, commonwealth's attorney, circuit court clerk and the School Board seat. "I'm thinking we'll at least get a better turnout than the last set of local elections," Washburn said.
A Richmond-Times Dispatch editorial found that the "overall quality of the candidates proved impressive...There were exceptions to be sure, but most of the men and women running for posts projected genuine concern for their communities, as well as a familiarity with public policy."
Leonard Bumbaca, president of the Fairfax Education Association, is backing State Senate candidate Janet Oleszek. "She understands that the mission of our schools is to provide the best learning environments to our children," Bumbaca wrote in a letter to the editor of the Fairfax Connection.
Augusta Free Press writer Chris Graham's "election day prognostications" focus on the three-way race for the 24th District Senate seat between Republican incumbent Emmett Hanger, Democrat David Cox and Libertarian Arin Sime. "If I had to criticize Cox and Sime for one thing, it would be that neither of them to me made the case that we the voters should vote for them ... I know all about their positions on the issues of the day -- but that's only a small part of what you have to do to unseat a pretty well-respected incumbent like Hanger," writes Graham.
StarExponent.com is urging Culpeper County residents to vote, saying that "the future of Virginia politics hangs in the balance... Cast a ballot and participate in the democratic process."
The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star has endorsed Emmitt Marshall, Henry Connors and Tom Beals for seats on the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors. "We believe Tom Beals, running in the Livingston District, would bring a fresh perspective to discussions regarding the county," the Star wrote.
Jeffersonton Chief Election Officer James Shannon told the Star Exponent in Culpeper that voter turnout has been higher than expected this year. By early afternoon, 645 people had already came to the old post office voting site in Culpeper County. "We are a little bit surprised by the quantity," he said. "It's a little bit heavier than expected."
Some Williamsburg County residents never got new voter identification cards, according to the Virginia Gazette. But the new county registrar said voters who arrive at the polls with their old ID cards will be allowed to cast a ballot.
Twelfth-grade government students in Culpeper County got real-life experience with poll-taking by asking voters who should win the offices of sheriff, commonwealth's attorney and commissioner of the revenue. The students predict victories for candidates Jim Branch, Gary Close and Terry Yowell, reports StarExponent.com.
Virginia Business Magazine reports that control of the state Senate is not the only "high stake" in the election: the power to direct the next redistricting is also at play.
WVEC in Hampton Roads said the key races to watch include the fight for the 1st Senate District between Tricia Stall and John Miller, and incumbent Nick Rerras and Ralph Northam's battle for the 6th Senate district.
CNBC correspondent John Harwood believes it's "unlikely" that Democrats will gain control of the General Assembly, and that the signs "point to an election night yawner."
The Virginia-Pilot editorial board believes candidates in Hampton Roads must have "best demonstrated the ability to rise to the coming challenges...The job ahead won't be easy. Glitches in the new transportation package must be smoothed out without unraveling the hard-fought compromise adopted earlier this year."
Washington Post reporters are finding mixed voter turnout at polling sites.
Virginia Democrats rallied voters around the state today, writes The Post's Amy Gardner.
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