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Election Day Voting Underway

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Election Day in the Commonwealth is underway, but some polling places are seeing few voters.

The polls opened at 6 a.m. Voter registrars and the electoral board are hard at work alongside a hundred volunteers to make sure the day runs smoothly.

The polling station at Walker Upper Elementary School reported 269 Charlottesville residents had voted by 9 a.m. Tuesday. The station saw 500 voters during the same time period back in 2013.

Only about 5 percent of all registered voters in the city cast a ballot Tuesday morning.

Albemarle County saw an early slumps at the polls: a little over 5,000 people turned out before 9 a.m., which is only about 7 percent of the county's registered voters.

The city and county saw an uptick in voting around lunchtime: Charlottesville reports 10.1 percent of registered voters had come out by 1 p.m., while Albemarle Co. saw 16.9 percent.

Those percentage numbers were again updated at 4 p.m.: 14 percent for Charlottesville, and roughly 23 percent for Albemarle County.  

Voters can expect to see new machines at the polling places in Charlottesville. The voting equipment was delivered from the registrar's office to each of the city's nine polling places on Monday.

The new voting machines use a scanner to tally and record each vote. Voters will still fill out a paper ballot, which will be kept to ensure there is a paper trail of each vote, should they have to do a recount.

“It'll pretty much have the same feel, except for having a row of voting machines, what they'll see is they'll just have the two machines in their precincts and they'll have a row of booths on tables with privacy screens sitting on tables," said registrar Rosanna Bencoach.

If you aren't sure where your polling place is, you can find that information on the Virginia Board of Elections website. The site also shows you everything that will appear on your ballot, and gives information about each candidate.

If you aren't sure where your polling place is, you can find that information on the Virginia Board of Elections website. The site also shows you everything that will appear on your ballot, and gives information about each candidate.

The polls will be open in the city and the county until 7 p.m.

Editor’s Note: This article will be updated throughout the day as new numbers come in from election officials.

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