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Chesterbrook Precinct: Observers say turnout is good

It's shaping up to be a spectacular day in Northern Virginia, with blue skies and warm-but-not-hot temperatures, a great combination for big turnout. People who have stood outside the polling place in previous years said they're surprised by how many people are out after 10 a.m., even after the workday has started. While the suit-and-tie crowd is gone for the morning, there has been a continuing and steady stream of people moving through the Chesterbrook polling place in McLean.

At this moment, there are 16 voters in line to cast ballots here. Many who have voted in the last four-and-a-half hours are older -- with kids or grandkids. Very few voters at this particular precinct have been under 35 years old, and a fair number have said they were over 70. That fits with the demographics for this area, where fairly expensive homes keep younger families away and a retirement facility keeps the voting base fairly gentrified.

The lines aren't nearly as long as last year, but it's definitely not a dismal turnout.

By James Hohmann  |  November 3, 2009; 11:14 AM ET
Categories:  Election Day '09: Chesterbrook Precinct  | Tags: Chesterbrook Precinct  
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I vote at the Kingstowne precinct (corner of Van Dorn and Lake Village Drive). Went at 10.30 and it was the emptiest I've ever seen, even compared to years with Board of Supervisors elections. There were two people on line at the "A to K" checkin and nobody on line at the "L to Z" checkin (the latter is my part of the alphabet). In and out in under five minutes.

Given the left-leaning nature of this part of Fairfax County, I'd say it bodes well for the Republican ticket. Now if the Sickles voters stay home, I will be happy.

Posted by: 1995hoo | November 3, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

At Arlington's Lexington precinct, voting was steady but light at 8:50; mostly older people while I was there.

Posted by: nodebris | November 3, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Chesterbrook is my precinct. Voted this morning at 830, with about 4 people in line, all in the M-Z line, randomly. I'm a solid D, and it was a pretty thick group of Comstock people.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | November 3, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

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