Long lines for many Hampton Roads polling centers

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by Philip Townsend, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 4:34 PM

CHESAPEAKE -- Long lines stretched at polling places across Hampton Roads this Election Day Tuesday.

The sun went down on people waiting to cast  their ballot before the polls closed at 7:00 p.m.

At Greenbrier Middle School in Chesapeake, some people waited close to five hours.

"I got here to vote this morning at 8:30 a.m.," said voter Faye Masick. "I left at noon, and it's unnaceptable. I watched more people walk out because they couldn't wait than those of us who were able to stay."

Others were luckier, like voters at Creekside Elementary School in Suffolk. Most voters saw an hour and a half wait throughout the morning and afternoon.

And at Young Elementary in Norfolk, many voters were happy to be out in the cold even though they stood in one of the longest lines in the city.

"I just wanted to be out here," said Norfolk resident Leslie Barnes. "Most of the people who have been out here have been waiting so patiently to come in and vote."

Most people at this precinct downtown saw a three, even four-hour wait.

It was well worth it, according to Norfolk voter Vivecca Morgan.

"Everybody is happy. We don't mind waiting in the cold, and we'll wait however long it takes.

Around 5:30 p.m., George Yeager emailed 13News that he and his wife and son were in and out at Hope Haven in Virginia Beach within 20 minutes. He ended with "Great job and well done."

Chesapeake General Registrar William “Al” Spradlin said the lines are normal for a presidential election.

 

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