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Early Turnout Numbers

The Post's reporters have gathered the following Virginia turnout data:


At 4:30 p.m., Linda Lindberg, head of Arlington County's election office, said that they think they are running at about 10-12 percent turnout in Arlington. The afternoon has been a little slow, she said, though the percentage could go up if voters swayed by the morning storm make it to the polls in the evening.


By 1:45 p.m., 344 people had voted at City Hall -- 60 absentee ballots were cast -- out of 2,892 registered voters.

About 6,000 voters across Alexandria had cast ballots by noon, according to a survey taken by election officials.

"Frankly, that's more than I expected," said Alexandria Registrar Tom Parkins, who has accurately predicted voter turnout in the last two elections. "But honestly, I didn't have a lot to go on. The last Democratic gubernatorial primary was 30 years ago."

Typically, turnout in primary elections in Alexandria can hover around 5 or 6 percent. Barring any more of the thunderstorms that might have kept some voters from the polls early, Parkins said he would expect as many as 12,000 voters -- about 15 percent of registered voters -- to cast ballots by the time polls close at 7 p.m.

Bath County:

At 3 p.m., 429 of 2,690 registered voters, or 16 percent, had cast ballots.

Fairfax County:

At Brookfield Elementary in Chantilly, where voting took place in a tiny classroom, 105 out of 3,988 voted by 3:15 p.m.

Loudoun County:

At Seldens Landing Elementary, 24 out of 4,109 had voted as of 2:30 p.m.

Prince William County:

As of 1 p.m., about 3,757 voters had voted out of 222,000, Registrar Betty Weimer said.

-- Sandhya Somashekhar, Fredrick Kunkle, Brigid Schulte, Jennifer Buske and Mark Berman

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  June 9, 2009; 4:38 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009  
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I am really surprised there is such a low turnout. This is a very important primary. It is so easy to get complacent in politics. I hope the right guy wins. With such a low turnout any idiot can win.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | June 9, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the low turnout numbers will get anyone in Richmond to think about moving the statewide and legislative elections to even years so they coincide with Congressional and Presidential ones. There's a reason why 37 states vote will vote for their governor in 2010.

Posted by: ericp331 | June 9, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

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