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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:52 AM

Virginia turnout? What was it like when you voted?

7:15am in fairfax city, no line, none 😐

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 08:14 AM

1. I voted early, but two friends reported lines of 20-30 people early this morning in Arlington

and in the Sleepy Hollow area of Fairfax County -- polling places that ordinarily have no lines at all on midterm election years. And its pouring outside.

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 08:22 AM

2. 9th district; Damascus, VA. Waited maybe two minutes, but there are only 800 people in town, so I

have never had to wait long. We have had steady rain most of the morning, so I think some of the people will vote later in the day.

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 08:37 AM

3. 8th in Arlington. Longer line than 2016

I got there at 5:45 and was voter number 300 and something.

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 08:38 AM

4. VA-07, (Chesterfield Co. near Richmond) -- I voted at 745 and was the 268th voter. That's

5 times the number of voters we usually have that early. I vote in every election and often wander in at 10 and find that I am the 45th or 50th person to vote that day. So, this is an ENORMOUS TURNOUT.

The exit poll worker said there had been 30 people in line when the polling place opened at 6, and that was unusual, especially since it's been raining. Rain is supposed to stop pretty soon, but it sure hasn't hampered turnout.

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 08:59 AM

5. 7:30 in Burke. No line, steady stream of voters. 3 scanners, mine said I was vote 180

A friend in Woodbridge had to wait an hour to vote at 6:30 this morning.

amazing my post from 2017 (I was voter #179)
https://upload.democraticunderground.com/10814395

primary in 2017 (voter 42)
https://upload.democraticunderground.com/10813666

from 2013 (voter #166)
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10811251

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 11:16 AM

6. 10 am Earlysville, VA - intermittent showers after early morning thunder storms.

More than I usually see voting for a midterm. The young woman at the door said it was slow at 9 and suggested that people were avoiding the showers that came through then.

Just before I got my ballot something was going on at the ballot scanner. I asked and he told me that two ballots were stuck together and the machine rejected them. Only one was filled out.

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 12:25 PM

7. Noon in Charlottesville - Clark Elementary - No rain

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I took someone to vote - in and out in less than ten minutes - very light, five or six people there.

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 01:29 PM

8. VA-05, 7:55 a.m.

It was crowded (red county) but there have been fewer signs for Republicans. It's a long shot, but perhaps other counties in the district will push us over the finish line. Go Leslie!

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 03:05 PM

9. Showed up at 05:45 in Falls Church

(polls open @ 06:00)
There were already 25-30 people ahead of me in line.
This gladdens my heart as I feel that people do not stand in the dark, the rain, the cold if they're planning on voting for the status quo.

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 06:16 PM

10. Brat vs Spanberger

I'm not sure what the district is, I just moved here. Henrico. Polling place off Patterson near Gaskins.

Voted around 1 pm or so, no line but reasonably a steady stream of people coming in despite the rain. Spoke with the poll worker who was directing people to ask if it had been busy and she said she's worked that polling place for years and it was busier than usual this year.

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Wed Nov 7, 2018, 04:36 AM

11. In my Arlington precinct

People tended to vote early versus later. This prompted the ordering of extra ballots that ultimately were not needed.

Overall in-person voting was comparable to a presidential year. But absentee voting was up by about 50%.

Overall turnout (absentee and Tuesday) by "active" voters was about 75%.

((Since this is a military moving district, plus a number of aged retirees dying or moving away, this understates the percentage of "actual" active voters voting.))

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