Election Day 2019 Underway in Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Voters across Virginia are heading out to the polls to cast their ballots in local and state General Assembly elections.
The Albemarle County Voter Registrar's Office spent the last several months preparing for Tuesday's election. Nearly 300 volunteers will be in place to make sure things run smoothly in the county. Meanwhile, Charlottesville has close to 150 volunteers in place.
Election Day prep started over the weekend. Officials packed election supplies and electronic poll books, in addition to certifying machines.
All voting materials were delivered to the poll locations Monday, November 4.
Albemarle County already received around 2,200 absentee ballots over the past 45 days. Based on that number, election officials expect a much larger turnout than what's usual for an off-year election.
"We're expecting anywhere from the mid 40’s to about a 50% turnout,” said Lauren Eddy, deputy registrar. "That would run much higher than 2015, which was the last time we had an election like this. It would run close to what we saw in 2017, which was the last gubernatorial race."
Albemarle County reported 28,808 ballots had been cast - 37% of total registered voters - by 4 p.m. The city had received around 9,049 votes (29.6%).
Charlottesville has received 893 absentee ballots, which is standard for an off-year election. Back in 2015, the city saw around a 30% voter turnout, and the registrar's office expects to see the same number of people today.
Officials expect polls to be the busiest between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The county says its check-in process is much faster, and a research table will be set up for voters who experience problems or have questions.
If you're headed to the polls, don't forget to bring a valid ID. If you're unsure of your exact polling location, officials urge you to check the Virginia Department of Elections website.