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Burke precinct sees heavy traffic, straight-ticket voters

Christopher Dean Hopkins

The stream of voters was just starting to plateau to a steady flow by 9:30 a.m. at Commons Community Center in Burke. The voter traffic had been notably heavy all morning, election officials said, adding that the parking lot was filled to capacity at several points throughout the early morning.

As of 9:15 a.m., 560 voters had filed through the center, officials said.

Jay Levesque, 29, of Burke, said he voted along party lines in his support of Republican Keith Fimian. He didn't follow the race between Fimian and Democratic incumbent Gerry Connolly very closely, he said.

"I was at the Rally to Restore Sanity," he said with a smile. "That was a good amount of fun, but as far as this goes, I went along with what I believe economically."

Sue Turchan, 61, of Burke, also voted along party lines, she said. She came to the polls dressed in a shirt with the Democratic donkey emblem on the front.

"I'm pro-choice, so I have to vote Democratic," she said. But she added that she had followed the race between Connolly and Fimian closely, and felt that Connolly was the clear choice for many reasons.

"He's great, he knows what's going on," she said. Turchan and her husband both worked for the IRS, she said, so fiscal responsibility is a key issue for them as well.

"I believe in smart spending," she said. "I don't believe that's only a Republican value."

By Caitlin Gibson  | November 2, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Caitlin Gibson, Election 2010, Fairfax County, Gerald E. Connolly, Keith Fimian  
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Maybe straight ticket voting is high in Burke because there is only one partisan election so every voter thus becomes a straight ticket voter simply by voting.

Your last post identified two Vienna voters as a "registered Republican" and "registered Democrat." Virginia doesn't register by party though.

The Washington Post would have better and more accurate content if they hired 8th graders who recently finished their election projects for civics class.

Posted by: VirginiaVoter1980 | November 2, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Agree with VaVoter1980. The Burke ballot has the Connolly/Fimian race, 3 state const. amendments and one county bond measure.

Calling one partisan race "straight-ticket" indicates the author does not know what straight-ticket voting means.

Posted by: dave00100 | November 2, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Voting the "straight ticket" with one candidate on the ballot??

Posted by: FederalGraphics | November 2, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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