Steady stream of voters at the polls today

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Posted on November 2, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 2 at 5:13 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- There's been a steady stream of voters at the polls across Hampton Roads this Election Day.

There was a short-lived power outage in the Rappahannock area early this morning that took down the electronic poll books, so elections officials used paper poll book back-ups.

Poll books list registered voters in each precinct, explained Va. Board of Elections spokeswoman Susan Pollard.

Officials said the problem was fixed within an hour.

Voters, it seems, were anxious to cast their ballots.  There was a steady stream at the polls in Va. Beach about a half hour after the polls opened Tuesday at 6:00 a.m.

In the hotly-contested 2nd District congressional race, Democratic incumbent Glenn Nye (D-2nd D.) is facing a stiff challenge from Republican Scott Rigell.  Independent Kenny Golden, trailing in a recent 13News-Virginian Pilot-CNU poll, is still hoping to win support from undecided voters.

In the 3rd Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Bobby Scott is facing challenges from Republican Chuck Smith, Independent John Kelly and Libertarian James Quigly.

In the 4th District, Republican Rep. Randy Forbes hopes to return to Washington.  Voters have a choice between Forbes and Democrat Wynne LeGrow.

Locally, in Portsmouth, voters are selecting a mayor after James Holley was recalled.

In Va. Beach, representatives for City Council and School Board are being elected.

In Suffolk, voters are choosing council members and in Norfolk, the 7th ward council seat is up for grabs.

In each locality, voters also will be answering three amendments to the Virginia Constitution.

 

Virginia polls are open until 7:00 p.m.

 

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