Charlottesville Registrar Preps for Tuesday's Republican Primary
June 11, 2012 07:44 AM EDT
The Charlottesville Registrar's Office is getting ready for Tuesday's Republican primary, but it hasn't come without its share of challenges.
Tuesday's Bonnie Raitt concert at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion and a corresponding benefit dinner for the Charlottesville Free Clinic, will force people in the city's largest precinct to cast their ballots in a trailer instead of the Herman Key Recreation Center.
Signs and caution tape have been posted closing off the space. Voters will have full use of the Seventh Street and Annex Key parking lots up until 5pm.
Charlottesville Registrar Sheri Iachetta said, "At 5:00, we're just going to have a little different thing, the entrance to the Key Center parking lot which is only one way out, is now going to become two way and we're going to have police sitting at that entrance assisting voters to get in and out."
Iachetta says the date of this primary wasn't even set in stone until fairly recently, so dealing with another obstacle in primary planning has been a bit of a logistical nightmare.
The 60-foot trailer backed into its spot right outside of the Key Center Monday morning. Iachetta is confident that facility will be adequate for voters.
"It's about the best solution we can come with, and I think it's going to work," Iachetta explained. "People just need to be patient."
Iachetta is only expecting about 5% voter turnout for Tuesday's primary compared to the 80% expected for November's election.