ELECTION 2018: Poll workers describe ‘presidential-like’ turnout for elections locally

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: November 6, 2018 | 12:22 p.m. 

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VIRGINIA – Across the Commonwealth, voters are heading to the polls to cast their ballots in the first midterm elections since President Donald Trump took office, which could have implications on how the second half of his terms goes as all seats in the House of Representatives are on the ballot, along with a number of Senate seats.

While midterm elections typically have lower turnouts, particularly when there are few or no local races, this year’s election seemed to be trending in a different direction as poll workers in both Dinwiddie and Prince George County reported significant turnout in the early hours of polls being open.

According to workers in Dinwiddie at the Sutherland Elementary School precinct, they had voters who arrived as early as 5 a.m. to be the first to cast their ballot at the voting location, with a small line forming in the minutes leading up to the 7 a.m. poll opening. They reported a steady turnout throughout the morning as things tapered off through the lunch hour, but workers are ready for an expected uptick in traffic as voters leave work between 4 p.m. up until closing time at 7 p.m.

A similar story was heard in Prince George at the Richard Bland polling place on the campus as voters drove through the bustling campus to head to the Barn Theatre to cast their ballots. The official overseeing the venue said the turnout heading into lunchtime rivaled that of a presidential election.

Across the area, neither county had issues with voting, with officials saying their digital scanners are working smoothly, which voters place their completed paper ballot into to have their votes counted.

Election Officer Patty Orange reviews materials during a lull in the voting at the Sutherland precinct in Dinwiddie County Tuesday. Officials at the site said turnout was strong and they saw voters arriving as early as 5 a.m. to cast their ballot. (Michael Campbell)

While turnout has been high at polling places, absentee voting has also been strong, according to data from the Virginia Department of Elections. As of November 5, state election officials reported over 318,000 absentee ballots had been turned in.

When compared to absentee figures from the 2016 presidential election, 574,800 absentee ballots were returned while just under 200,000 ballots were returned in 2017’s general election.

Locally, voters in Prince George, Dinwiddie, Sussex, and Surry Counties will make their voices heard in the United States Senate race between incumbent Tim Kaine (D), Corey Stewart (R), and Libertarian Matt Waters and the Fourth Congressional District race between incumbent Donald McEachin (D), Ryan McAdams (R), and Libertarian Peter J. Wells.

In addition, there are a pair of constitutional amendments on the ballot for voters to consider, one which asks if “a county, city, or town” should be “authorized to provide a partial tax exemption for real property that is subject to recurrent flooding, if flooding resiliency improvements have been made on the property,” while the second proposed constitutional amendment asks if voters would like to see “the real property tax exemption for a primary residence that is currently provided to the surviving spouses of veterans who had a one hundred percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability be amended to allow the surviving spouse to move to a different primary residence and still claim the exemption.”

Some other communities are also electing town council and mayors along with other constitutional offices.

Polls close across Virginia at 7 p.m. but, as election officials remind voters, if a voter is in line at 7 p.m., they will be allowed to cast a ballot. Voters are reminded to bring a photo ID with them to the polls.

This story will be updated with the latest election results from the Virginia Department of Elections as they come in. The numbers provided will be statewide results. Links to local results will be provided below

Links to Countywide Election Results

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY | DINWIDDIE COUNTY | SUSSEX COUNTY | SURRY COUNTY

Statewide Election Results

United States Senate

2567 precincts of 2567 (100.00%) reporting
Candidate Votes Percent
Corey A. Stewart
Republican
1,373,618 41.05%
Timothy M. Kaine ✅
Democratic
1,905,809 56.96%
Matt J. Waters
Libertarian
61,778 1.85%
Write In
Write-In
4,938 0.15%

Last Modified on 11/07/2018 01:06 PM

Member House of Representatives (04)

263 precincts of 263 (100.00%) reporting
Candidate Votes Percent
Ryan A. McAdams
Republican
107,576 36.06%
A. Donald McEachin ✅
Democratic
186,318 62.46%
Peter J. “Pete” Wells
Libertarian
4,175 1.40%
Write In
Write-In
226 0.08%

Last Modified on 11/07/2018 12:49 PM

Member House of Representatives (07)

228 precincts of 228 (100.00%) reporting
Candidate Votes Percent
Dave A. Brat
Republican
169,226 48.43%
Abigail A. Spanberger ✅
Democratic
175,800 50.31%
Joseph B. Walton
Libertarian
4,213 1.21%
Write In
Write-In
162 0.05%

Last Modified on 11/07/2018 12:14 PM

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Question 1

Should a county, city, or town be authorized to provide a partial tax exemption for real property that is subject to recurrent flooding, if flooding resiliency improvements have been made on the property?

2563 precincts of 2567 (99.84%) reporting
Response Votes Percent
Yes ✅ 2,292,530 70.69%
No 950,358 29.31%

Last Modified on 11/07/2018 01:06 PM

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Question 2

Shall the real property tax exemption for a primary residence that is currently provided to the surviving spouses of veterans who had a one hundred percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability be amended to allow the surviving spouse to move to a different primary residence and still claim the exemption?

2563 precincts of 2567 (99.84%) reporting
Response Votes Percent
Yes ✅ 2,734,800 84.35%
No 507,350 15.65%

Last Modified on 11/07/2018 01:06 PM

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