Voter turnout expected to be lower than 2008

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Over 700 voting machines are in place across Virginia. The big question is, how busy will these machines be this election day.

"We're not seeing the same kind of energy in the state that we saw in 2008 on the democratic side," said NBC12 Political Analyst Dan Palazzolo.

Of course, that was the year of the presidential election, when President Obama emerged victorious.

During that year, Chesterfield County gained nearly 19,000 new voters. This year, only a little more than 2,000 new voters.

While the Board of Elections won't give an exact number on today's predicted turnout, reports say it should be around 40 percent.

There could be one hiccup today at the polls.

While the voting machines themselves are ready to go, your name could be left off the registration list when you first get to the polls.

That all depends on when you registered to vote.

If that happens, you will be able to fill out a paper ballot.

There's also been some confusion over where the voting location is if you normally vote at Clover Hill High School. You will be voting at the *old* school on Hull Street. Not the new one.

Polls in Virginia will close at 7 this evening.

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