Election Day in Hampton Roads

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by 13News Now & Associated Press

WVEC.com

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 8:16 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH - Voters across Hampton Roads were out early to cast their votes.

Polls opened at 6:00 a.m. and closed at 7:00 p.m. in Virginia.

Polling places in Norfolk and Virginia Beach reported higher than expected turnout this morning.

Officials at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach each reported close to 400 voters before 9 a.m. 

Voting has been slow and steady throughout the afternoon.  Poll workers say they counted around 70 to 100 voters in the last hour at Thalia Lynn Baptist Church in Virginia Beach.

Nikki Sheridan with the State Board of Elections said 18 localities in Virginia have reported in so far and the turnout is characterized as "light."

Sheridan says 121,000 absentee ballots have been cast in this election; there were 88,000 that were cast during the last gubernatorial election in 2009.
 
Sheridan also pointed out that the turnout in the last gubernatorial election was 42.5 percent; for the presidential election in 2012 it was 80.7 percent

Sheridan says there have been no issues with voter id cards.

In the 2012 presidential election, about 4 million people voted and 559 people lacked a proper identification.

The Washington Post reported an early rush of Virginia voters.  They reported a few glitches at  precincts in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, but officials said they were quickly resolved and voting was going smoothly. 

Voters are choosing the next governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. There are local races on the ballot as well and 57 of the 100 House candidates face no major party opposition. Democrats hope to cut into the Republicans' two-thirds majority in the General Assembly.

Turnout was expected to be low - expected at about 30 percent of registered voters actually going to the polls. The campaign's negative tilt turned many voters off and strategists in both parties predict the outcome could be decided by a few thousand votes.

To vote, you need to have an ID, whether it's a state-issued ID card, a student ID, your voter registration card or other form of identification.  For that information and to find your voting place, click here.

Mayor Kenny Wright was among the early voters at the Scottish Rite Temple in the Churchland section of Portsmouth.

"This is a very critical election for us and the Commonwealth and we want to make sure we did our part. Our vote is our voice and I'm encouraging everyone to get out and vote," Wright said.

In North Carolina, polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. for municipal elections in all or portions of 94 of the state's 100 counties. There are no statewide seats on the ballot.

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