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CAMPAIGN 2013: Voters go to polls today to decide state, local races
Today Virginia voters will go to the polls to choose a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and a number of local representatives.
Turnout is traditionally low for Virginia’s off-year elections—only Virginia and New Jersey elect governors the year after the presidential elections. Turnout in the 2008 presidential race for Virginia was 75 percent, but only 40 percent of registered voters went to the polls the following year for the 2009 gubernatorial election.
Turnout Tuesday is expected to be no better, with the gubernatorial candidates having fought a fairly negative race that’s left both major-party candidates with high negative ratings and a third-party candidate polling higher than third-party candidates usually do.
Voters will choose between Democrat Terry McAuliffe, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian Robert Sarvis for governor.
In the race for lieutenant governor, the choice is between Republican E.W. Jackson and Democrat Ralph Northam.
For attorney general, it’s two Marks—Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain or Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring.
All 100 House of Delegates seats are also up for election, although in many of those districts, the incumbent is unopposed. There are races in five of the eight area House districts.
In counties across the Fredericksburg area, there are races for seats on boards of supervisors, school boards and referendums in Caroline County and the town of Culpeper. In Fredericksburg, there are races for sheriff and treasurer. For a complete list see ballots on A4.
Polls open at 6 a.m., and will remain open till 7 p.m. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
You can check the state Board of Elections website, sbe.virginia.gov, to find your polling place. The state board site also should be posting election results after the polls close.
While a new law requiring a photo ID to vote is not yet in effect, poll workers can ask a voter to show identification. The full list of acceptable forms of identification include a voter registration card, a driver’s license, military ID, concealed handgun permits, valid student IDs, employee IDs, government-issued IDs, or current utility bills, government checks or paychecks with the voter’s name and address. The full list is posted on the SBE website.
If you don’t provide an ID if requested, you may be asked to fill out a provisional ballot, which would only be counted after Election Day if you bring ID to the registrar’s office before noon on Friday.
Chelyen Davis: 540/368-5028