Voters heading to the polls

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - It is election day, and that means tonight we will find out who will be Virginia's next governor.

The polls have been open since 6 a.m. this morning and even though there's not quite the excitement or crowds as with last year's presidential race, election officials are hoping for a 45 percent voter turnout.

Wes Russell was one of the first people to cast his vote this morning in Henrico County.

He was glad to be able to stop in on the way to work and hope's others will too.

"6 to 7 gives everybody whether you are an early riser or a late riser it's a good opportunity to get out and vote.  If you've looked at the races and there's a candidate you support, you should always get out and support them," Russell said.

Wes was not alone.  Dozens of people turned out just minutes after the polls opened.

Voter Carol Bowen said "I like to get out here early when there's not a huge crowd."

Some voters waited in line, though it wasn't near the showing as last year. Some were sad to see that not everyone is turning out this year.

"I think everybody should come out even if they were just voting for dog catcher because it's important," Bowen said.

Voter Keith Adams said "It's your civic duty and it's time that all of us just got up and did what we need to do and make sure we put this country back on the right course."

Polls are open until 7 p.m.

With swine flu on everyone's mind, some localities will provide hand sanitizer and even cotton swabs so voters don't have to make contact with touch screens as they vote.

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