November 4th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Long lines suggest record VA turnout

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Voters line up to cast their ballots at Colin Powell Elementary School in Centreville, Virginia.(GETTY IMAGES)
WASHINGTON (CNN) – In the final hour of voting in Virginia the state continues to see record voter turnout and expects it to continue until the pools close at 7pm, state officials said Tuesday.

Up to 40 percent of Virginia's five million registered voters showed up to the polls Tuesday morning, breaking previous records and causing long voting lines, according to state election officials and CNN viewers.

The voting lines in parts of state thinned out, but in other areas like Virginia Beach voter turnout remained heavy, according to a state spokesman.

Officials said past elections generally brought about half the number of voters who showed up during Tuesday's morning rush.

Nancy Rodrigues, Virginia's executive secretary of the Board of Elections told reporters in Richmond Tuesday that by the end of the day she expected 75 percent of the registered voters to have cast ballots.

Rodrigues was not surprised by some of the voting machine problems that cropped up because of the large numbers of people showing up to the polls.

A caller to CNN's voter hotline, Marie Murphy of Norfolk, Virginia said voting lines were about four to seven hours long in Norfolk in the southern part of the state. Norfolk is in one of the heaviest populated parts of the state where lines have been long all day.

Election officials said that because of the heavy turnout voters should not expect final results to come out well into early Wednesday morning.


Filed under: Virginia • Voter Problems
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Barbara in NC

    BLUE

    November 4, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. Independent white female patriotic voter

    VA for Obama! We love VA!!! Come on VA! get your votes in we are waiting to hear from you! speak loud VA!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. cjp123

    And everyone was prediciting a high turnout, so why wasn't Virginia prepared? What is going on with our voting system in this country?

    November 4, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. RealEyes

    On McCain saying Obama like Castro, he meant to say Bush/Hitler and Cheney/Stalin. Now there.

    November 4, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Conor in OR

    man, we dems did a great job of getting out the vote this time.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!

    November 4, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Denise Groves

    That means the Obama/Biden campaign are having a good night

    November 4, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. Bridgette-PA

    STAY IN LINE FOLKS......OBAMA/BIDEN NEEDS YOUR VOTE! I LIVE IN PA AND I ONLY HAD TO WAIT FOR HALF AN HOUR. HOWEVER, IF I HAD TO WAIT 30 HOURS, SO BE IT. JUST THIS ONE TIME VIRGINIA, JUST THIS ONE TIME!

    November 4, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. JL

    It's great to see everyone so involved!

    November 4, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. gaby

    i hope this is not one last republican scheme to try and skew the results

    November 4, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. Pat Green (CA)

    LET US PRAY! OMG I'll be glad when this is over. I'm biting off my newly manicured nails!

    GO OBAMA!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Trasa, Texas

    I agree, continue to wait it out if line long, your voice and vote should be heard and counted.

    Go Obama

    November 4, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Jay in Florida

    This is indicative of how badly people want to see CHANGE in government. An article says "McCain thinks that Obama will govern like Castro". If you talk with people from Cuba, the vast majority aren't that upset despite their poverty. Why does Bush deal so diplomatic with China and not Cuba? Could it be that the threat level is near equal? Hmmm.... Regarding Obama: he will make an awesome President and will have ordinary citizens at heart, not just the rich. Opportunity doesn't equate to socialism. Taxes may need to increase just to pay the deficit and bills that have been racked up for eight years. Its the reality of living on a credit card.

    November 4, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Ryan in California

    We can do it.

    November 4, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN VIRGINIA.

    November 4, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  15. Griff

    The Black-Man is History1 For one simple reason! You idiots push to hard....Barack Obama even if he win's this Election, is doomed. Not him himself!!! No!!!! You!
    You the poor sucker? Obama is on an ego trip. The First Idiot, who tried to make an idiot of the USA...

    November 4, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. sick n tired

    Just make sure those votes count! Republicans as a whole are nothing but SCUM of the lowest kind and will do anything to STEAL an election!! THEY'VE PROVEN IT MANY TIMES!!!! 2000,2004!!!

    November 4, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. WE DESERVE A BREAK

    HANG IN THERE VIRGINIA!!! IF YOU'VE BEEN WAITING ON LINE BEFORE 7:00 THEY CAN'T CLOSE THE POLLS TILL YOU'VE CAST YOUR VOTE! DON'T LET YOUR RIGHT BE TAKEN AWAY!

    November 4, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Evan, columbia, SC

    STAY IN LINE AND CAST THAT VOTE, VIRGINIA! OBAMA/ BIDEN NEED THOSE VOTES.THE COUNTRY NEEDS THE CHANGE! GO OBAMA/ BIDEN, SOUTH CAROLINA IS PRAYING FOR YOUR VICTORY.

    November 4, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. Peter (CA)

    Griff–
    I've seen your incoherent rambling on these posts for months. I cannot understand why CNN let's your posts on while filtering out more intelligent ones.
    Dude, go take your medicine. Obama is a better candidate, he will make a better President. He is not perfect but I believe he will steer this country away from the mess Bush and his minions have made.

    End of story.

    November 4, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. Jay in Florida

    Griff your comment got my attention: "The Black-Man is History1 For one simple reason....". You must be a racist moron. Obama first of all is bi-racial and comfortable with that reality just like myself. He will make a fine President so take a SIU (suck it up) pill and enjoy the ride.

    November 4, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Abid

    I never understand why these urban areas never get nearly enough machines, whereas in rural Ohio, where I just voted, I just strolled in and voted without even waiting in line. Doesn't the poor distribution of these machines blatantly favor rural Republican areas over urban Democratic areas?

    November 4, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. AmericaFirst

    Please do not become discouraged and wait on line to vote. As an immigrant, woman, Christian, Soldier, and a US citizen it's imperative to excercise your right to vote. People have died for this right. I am proud to serve and to vote for Obama. I am putting country first by selecting the best person for the job.

    November 4, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Fred

    Staying in line is worth the vote.

    Obama/Biden 08

    November 4, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  24. Quinn

    Four to seven hours standing in line to vote??!! There's no excuse for that, our electoral process is clearly in need of a major overhaul.

    November 4, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. nelda

    Obama is the only one that will build us " the bridge to the future."
    McCain and Palin still hasn't a clue about the path that we need to get on to make this awesome county on the right road.
    McCain wil build us the "the bridge to nowhere".
    Obama will see us through! WE need Obama!

    November 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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