Today is Election Day, and election officials all over the battleground state of Virginia are gearing up to make sure things run as smooth as possible.
The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. As with any presidential election, you can expect long lines at the precincts.
"We're expecting a large turnout," said Sheri Iachetta, the general registrar for the city of Charlottesville. She said that in 2008 there was a 70 percent turnout in Charlottesville, and that this time around there are about 5,000 more people on the rolls. Now, she said, there are 33,000 registered voters divided among nine precincts in the city.
The polls will be busiest in the morning, during lunchtime, and close to the close of the polls. Iachetta said that if you can get to your precinct during off hours, between 10 a.m. and noon, and between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., you'll have the shortest wait.
You will also have to bring identification to the polls, but it does not have to be a photo ID - your voter registration card, social security card, or any government issued ID will be acceptable. If you forget your ID, you will still be permitted to vote, you just have to sign a statement affirming your identity. Keep in mind - federal law requires certain first time voters to show an ID displaying their name and address. Click here for more information.
Schools will be closed Tuesday, but there will still be long lines at times, and parking will be an issue at some precincts. "I caution everybody that not only do you make sure that you know where your precinct is and that you have your ID, but make sure that you have some time and everybody is going to need just to have some patience," Iachetta said.
Today is also be "Fare-FREE Day" on the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT). There will be at least one bus that goes to each polling place in Charlottesville. "So there's transportation to each precinct," Iachetta said. "It's free. And it's going to be a beautiful day. And there's not going to be any issue at all for people getting to the precincts on Election Day."
Below is all the information you need to know on Election Day: what you need to bring, where you need to go, and what transportation is available to get you there, as well as frequently asked questions, a sample ballot, and a link to the state board of elections website.
Click here to visit the Virginia Board of Elections website.
Click here to find out what you need on Election Day.
Click here to find out where you are supposed to go.
Click here for more information on free CAT service on Election Day.