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Lines steady at precincts throughout the metro area


In Central Virginia, voters hit the polls early. Many saw lines when the precincts opened at 6 am. NBC12 monitored the voter turnout all day in the metro area.

While we don't know yet, who will beat whom in the polls, in this election, many people beat the dawn this morning. Before even the sun came up, voters turned up ready to cast their ballots.

"Every vote counts," one told us while she waited in line for the polls to open.

Some voters explained they braved the dark and cold for good reason.

"Last time we were here and came out to vote, the line was real long," Ellsworth McLain said. "It was raining. It was cold. So we figured we'd get out here kind of early this morning."

Cynthia Seal also noticed some differences as head of the Pemberton precinct in Henrico.

"I know that when I arrived at the polling place in 2008 at 4:30 in the morning that we had a very long line," she recalled. "This morning when I came we did not have a line and I wondered if it was the correct day to vote!"

Cynthia has decade's worth of comparisons. 2012 marks her 50th year as a poll worker.

"My aunt who is presently 90-years-old and working at another precinct, she was already an active poll worker and she roped me into it and I've just gotten involved," she explained.

She says for this presidential election, turnout has been consistent.

"They came a little bit later, but they have been steadily coming," Seal added. "They're not complaining about standing out in the cold waiting."

People waited, but usually not much more than an hour. For the most part, lines are moving swiftly and efficiently.  Everyone wanted to press that large red "vote" button, get their stickers on the way out the door and get on with their lives.

"We're having a good time," Cynthia maintained.

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