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

Long lines suggest record VA turnout


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.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. THinVA

    Anyone with sense should have voted for Barack Obama today.....not because he's black, but because he is exactly what America represents-diversity meets adversity meets success! You McCain supporters may have to read that one a few times for understanding.......

    November 4, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. B in Canada

    Even though I'm not an American, but my vote would be for Mr. Obama. As for the long wait time to vote, just shows how many more people came out to vote this time around. You do care about your country.Good luck!

    November 4, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I'm watching the numbers, and I'm thinking-"What happened to those three hour lines?"
    Do the polls close before everyone gets a chance to vote?
    Are the polls really closed?
    How can this be?
    Did EVERY ONE of those individuals get a chance to vote, are were they turned away just because the polls closed?

    November 4, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Theo Sopurum

    The coming of Obama as president of the United States clearly defines the second coming of Jesus Christ. The world needs PEACE and I personnally see Obama as God Sent to deliver it's people-be it black nor white. So BRAVO to all Americans and all who support CHANGE in America.
    Theo (Ontario Canada)

    November 4, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. Michael

    Stay in line and cast that vote. You'll always be able to say you were there, you took part, you made a difference!

    November 4, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Come on people vote

    November 4, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. Michael

    Stay in line and cast that vote. You'll always be able to say you were there, you took part, you made a difference! You can keep the ignorance like the last two posts out of our government.

    November 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Don't you dare get out of that line VA. Dont Give UP!!! We NEED You!!!
    -Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    November 4, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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