News Updated: Voter Turnout Low Across Region
Voter turnout remains low in Prince William County today.
By 3 p.m., about 12% of registered voters in the county’s 77 precincts had turned out to vote in today’s General Election. That number was up slightly from about 11% at 10 a.m.
Those numbers include 6,264 absentee ballots that were cast.
MORE to the STORY: See the latest numbers by clicking here.
In Stafford County, results are not tabulated until the polls close at 7 p.m., said County Regisgtrar Greg Riddlemoser.
Manassas officials also plan to release their total voter turnout when polls close, said city spokeswoman Patty Prince.
In Manassas Park’s two precincts, a total of 1,210 of the 7,796 voters have showed up to the polls so far today. That’s about 17% of the registered voters in that city. Manassas Park also had 192 absentee ballots cast.
More than 650 people had filed into Bennett Elementary School in Manassas to cast their votes in today’s General Election.
Polling stations in Triangle and Quantico had both reported the lowest turnout by 10 a.m. with 60 and 33 voters, respectively.
Not all precincts had reported in to the Prince William County Voter Registrar’s office in Manassas by 10 a.m.
At stake today is the governorship of Virginia, and that has Democrat Terry McAuliffe, whose been leading in the polls, Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and Libertarian Robert Sarvis seeking to succeed Gov. Robert F. McDonnell.
Virginia Senator Ralph Northam, D, and Republican E.W. Jackson are seeking the Lt. Govenror’s seat, and Democrat Mark Herring is facing Republican Mark Obenshain to become Virginia’s next attorney general.
Also on the ballot today are several House of Delegates seats as well as municipal offices in Manassas Park. Several members of Stafford County’s Board of Supervisors are seeking reelection today, also.
MORE to the STORY: See the latest polling numbers form precincts around Prince William County
All indications seem to indicate that today’s turnout is not like last year’s crushing turnout at seen during the reelection of President Barack Obama. Long lines formed early at schools and other buildings that served as polling places.
Voter turnout was steady this morning at Mount Ararat Baptist Church. One woman who declined to give her name but said she voted for all Democrats because she “doesn’t like the Tea Party.”
McAulliffe, who is expected to do well today and has had a 12-point lead over his opponent, has worked to tie Cuccinelli to a group of Republicans who last month moved to shut down the Federal Government.
Others who spoke to Potomac Local News said they were tired of Obama and Washington Democrats and voted a straight Republican ticket.
“Keeping our military strong…that’s an important issue for us since my family is all military,” said Jennifer Jarret, of Stafford.
After growing up in Virginia, Jarret returned to the state 16 months ago because of military service orders.
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