November 4th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
8 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.

Filed under: Virginia • Voter Problems
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Cierra

    Stick in in Virgina. Obama and Biden need your votes!

    November 4, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. donny

    lets keep this a red state. keep votin McCain.

    November 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. John from VA

    Virginia thanks the other statesmen for the encouragement. Not to worry...we are as desperate for change as the majority of Americans. As indicative it is, of the desire for change, record voter turnout, is more indicative of how large a gap exists, between wealthy elitists and the disadvantaged majority. Although from reading these postings, it seems the next great mission of this nation should be to provide an education on independent thinking.

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

    Griff is a moron,pay him no mind...

    November 4, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. realhope

    I am sorry to see that many of you seem to be deluded by Obama ,
    He wants to change alright,You dont know the extreme changes he would make and there would no hope.
    I am sure you will see this shortly

    November 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Andy

    McCain/Palin 08'!!!!!!!!!! People please save our country from the DEMS!!!! Socialism will dominate this country if OBAMA wins.

    November 4, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. Brenda/VA

    I waited in line for 6 hrs to have my voice heard. I hope and pray that Obama wins!!! virginia needs this change and to get off of the Repblican train it has riding for too long.

    November 4, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. flossie

    Republicans stole the elections? Really? Come on, grow up and ditch the sour grapes. Some years a Republican wins, some years a Democrat wins. If you can be a bipartisan adult, maybe you will recognize some good and bad in all candidates. Nobody is perfect. All we can do is cast our vote and hope we pick the right person. Leave the personal slams to yourself. Being black or white should have nothing to do with it, nor should age or sex. And really, who the last president was doesn't matter either. It is irrelevant and in the past. Move on folks. Just be a proud american, exercise your right to vote, then have the decency to be an adult about it and try to support the winning candidate, even if it wasn't your first choice.

    November 4, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Kaiwa747

    Something is wrong in VI......the voting is not right....If democrat winning in senate...why is the president democrate is don't make sense.

    November 4, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. a

    Ron - which American's 'looking for a handout' received any of the billion$bailout?

    November 4, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. Rachel

    I'm happy to report that there essentially was no line when I voted today at 10am in Fairfax, VA. I even went back 15 mins later with a friend so she could vote. She had only 3 people waiting before her when we arrived. Apparently over 50% of the precinct had voted by the time we arrived.

    November 4, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. Belinda

    Don't worry Obama people. The awesome souls in NOVA will save us from the rest or the toothpick chompin' regions. Believe it!! Also hoping Hampton Roads goes that way to!!

    GO Barack & Joe!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. Kaiwa747


    November 4, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. Marcia Schneider

    Are there still voters in line in some precincts in VA? Are State results released county or precinct by precinct?

    November 4, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. Alex Masonry

    I voted for OJ Simpson. I hated both of the candidates so I put "OJ Simpson, Rep. of FL." down in the entry blank.

    November 4, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. Anti-Socialism

    Vote capitalism (McCain), not socialism (Obama)!

    November 4, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. Ezeh Ugochukwu

    All the electorial fuel of ringing must be out numbered by natural laws that guide the principle of presidential election in this presidential election. John mchain will soon address Obama my dear President. This statement is not just a history but the vision the democrats saw before the republica.

    I like John Mchain but my vote likes Obama for the direction of my positive change. And my political direction is the life of my future generation.

    November 4, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. Antonina

    I am sick of hearing people saying the best hour and a half they have ever spent was in line to vote. My best four hours in line was waiting to buy an American flag with my one year old daughter the day after 9/11. I was proud to wait in that line – unfortunately it was because Clinton, a democrat, let Osama bin Laden free to terrorize our country. I'm scared to death to know what's going to happen if Obama wins the election.

    November 4, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |


    November 4, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. David

    MAKE VIRGINIA BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama/Biden 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. angela

    griff: it is racist pigheaded people like you that hold back this country from moving forward and becoming one. i am a white female and i personally am offended by your comments. it is people like you that make it an embarressment to be white. god made us all we all bleed red and all have emotions despite our skin color we all have loved and lost all have faced our own trials in life, maybe you need to grow a back bone like obama has. try standing up for all people no matter what color their skin may be.

    November 4, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. theodoria landing

    anyone who voted for mccain should just stop and think if you want mccain meeting with heads of state rolling his eyes stomping on the floor and lieing through his teeth and looking like he is desperate for the white house. he carried kentucky there when reagen made an anouncement that his pappy was from a long line of kkk kluckers. so who cares for this silly little man

    November 4, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. Jordan

    Obama for the win in Virginia!

    Let's be some of the first to say we need a CHANGE!

    And by that, I mean let's get Wolf out, too!

    November 4, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  24. gobama

    obama is NOT a socialist....i am so tired of the uneducated individuals who continue to believe this ridiculous idea plantd by the mccain camp. if you truly understood the political economy system structures of capitalism, socialism, and communism you would KNOW that it is impossible for obama to be a socialist and further impossible for the united states to enter into a socialist phase...

    educate yourselves before making ignorant comments.

    November 4, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. David

    To Flossie, Well said.

    November 4, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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