CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - With contested nominations for Charlottesville City Council, Albemarle County sheriff, and a number of state House of Delegates seats, people across the commonwealth are preparing for Tuesday’s Democratic primary election.

Groups across central Virginia spent Monday, June 10, working to make sure voters are informed and polling places are safe and secure.

In both Albemarle County and Charlottesville, important preparations and security protocols are underway for the primary election on Tuesday, June 11.

“I feel confident with our election officials, all of our chiefs, are well-trained,” Anne Hemenway, Charlottesville’s board of elections chair, said. “They've been chiefs for many years and they feel confident that they can handle a situation that might arise."

Albemarle County General Registrar Jake Washburne says the chair of each polling precinct in the county began his or her duties on Monday.

“They come in and they get sworn in for this election by one of the members of the electoral board, and then they pick up their materials and we put them on rolling carts and take them out to their cars,” Washburne said.

Even though it’s an off-year election, voters and activists are gearing up for the primary.

“The results of these elections will really affect people's day-to-day lives,” Kat Mayberry of Indivisible Charlottesville, said.

Members of Indivisible Charlottesville rallied Monday evening as part of a last minute push to get people to go to the polls.

“These kinds of elections typically don't get much attention but voting in them is really important," Mayberry said.

People gathered with signs and chants hoping to inform potential voters on the different races and candidates that will be on the ballot.

“Of course if it's a low-turnout election, every vote is really going to count,” Mayberry said.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, and anyone can vote in the election regardless of party affiliation.

Indivisible Charlottesville says taking part in state elections can play a big role when it comes to issues like affordable housing and health care. The group also has information for a free ride to the polls here.