Large voter turnout across metro Richmond area

Large voter turnout across metro Richmond area

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Voter turnout across the Commonwealth is expected to be high on Super Tuesday.  NBC12 visited various polling sites across the Richmond area and saw there was a steady stream of people throughout the day.

A large number of people said this was their first time voting in a primary, which shows how polarizing the election is this year. Danielle Bonner in Henrico has voted in other primary elections before, but she wanted to bring her young daughter along for the experience.

"I think that it's important that she knows what our people went through to vote, and I think she comes out and knows what's going on in the world," said Bonner.

The youth vote has been something many presidential candidates have gone after. 19-year-old Laura Bryant says she was the first person to cast a ballot at her polling place in Richmond.

"I don't take voting lightly," she said. "It's incredibly a privilege, there's a lot of people out there who have been denied the right to vote. There's 21.3 percent of us out there so we can really swing that vote, so I'm really excited."

The VA State Board of Elections continues to remind people: in order to vote, you have to bring a valid identification, be registered to vote in the general election and you don't have to be registered with a party, but you can't vote for both.

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