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Turnout not as high as expected

Turnout was not anywhere near the 90 percent state elected officials projected. The presidential race appears to have attracted around 60 percent of Virginia's 5 million registered voters. While the Commonwealth netted an increase of voters this year, the turnout was roughly the same percentage as past presidential election years.

There was a drop off in the number of votes cast in the down ballot races. Roughly 55 percent of voters cast a ballot in the U.S. Senate race. The Congressional races, however, saw an average of 50 percent of people voting.

By Kristen Mack  |  November 4, 2008; 11:01 PM ET
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At my polling station - I served as an Election Officer - we had a huge line in the morning and a huge morning rush. About 1000-1200 voters pass through our doors between 6am and 10am.

But then . . . only about another 1000 did from 10am through 7pm. There was no evening rush. Let me repeat: there was NO evening rush.

I've head that it was similarly quiet during the evening time at at least one other polling station.

Has there been any reporting on why voters did not come to the polls in the evening? Trying to avoid the February Prez Primary disaster (nasty weather making travel to and conditions at polls difficult)? Could the significant absentee voting have affected the evening rush? Perhaps some impact of media during the day, or a sense of inevitability (so why rush to vote?)? The morning was crazy, the evening was terribly quiet.


Posted by: chrisduckworth | November 5, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

The state board of elections website says its hovering around 70% and this is without the absentee votes in most of the biggest localities including Fairfax County. I'm sure this number will go higher if as many people voted absentee as they said. Not to say it will approach 90%...

Posted by: rocotten | November 5, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Actually Arlington had 34,000 absentee votes, so when the absentee votes from Loudoun, Prince William, Fairfax, and Virginia Beach are added, all of which have much larger populations, the numbers will keep going up.

Posted by: rocotten | November 5, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

My polling place was similar to what was described above - huge morning lines and then no mid-day or evening rush. Apparently everyone paniced and got there early. Or everyone was anxious to cast their votes!

Posted by: csh1 | November 5, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Evidently the tremendous media coverage in favor of Mr. Obama y el sense that he will be the winner no matter what got several thousand concervatives and other not to vote. Mr. Kaine is wrong if he believes, like any horse trader, that we in VA lost our converstive ideas and pretends to "plan a new VA, all democratic", I think next eleccion (two years from now) he'll be for a shock. God save VA.

Posted by: Geordi | November 6, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

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