Primary voting off to a slow start

By Laura Geller - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - It's primary day here in Virginia -- the only statewide races are for Democratic candidates.

Virginians can vote for one of three gubernatorial contenders... and one of two lieutenant governor candidates.

We visited Hatcher Memorial Church in Henrico's West End where there are actually two different precincts voting here for the first time.  Up here on the first floor is the Summit Court precinct and the Hilliard District is in the basement.

Despite the good weather, voters have only been trickling in so far today.

Since the polls opened at 6 a.m. less than 50 people have come to cast their ballots.  That's out of a potential 1,300 registered voters.  Throughout the Commonwealth, more than five million Virginians are registered but the State Board of Elections tells us they're only expecting between three and five percent voter turnout.  Precinct volunteers are waiting for voters-- as with any elections, they're expecting to be busiest around lunch time and later in the day when people are leaving work.

There was only one issue reported in Henrico this morning -- a voter called the registrar to say she had trouble finding a parking spot at her polling place.  Other than that, the registrar tells us things are going smoothly.

Polls will remain open until 7 p.m..  Any voter who is in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

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