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Election Coverage, Virginia

  • Nov. 4th, 2008 at 7:03 PM
In the rural county of Montgomery, Virginia,  the day of this historical began cool, damp and gray.

Arriving at the polls at 6:30 am, there was already a line twisting nearly 100 feet out into the grass.  Many people I talked with were trying to get their vote in before heading off to work. Few thought the process would take long.

The first piece of campaign literature I was given was from the American Family Association, claiming to be a neutral party handing out information on key political points. The first thing listed on this campaign literature was the president hopefuls stances on issues ranging from homosexuality to abortion.

There was no mention of the economy, the Iraq or Afghanistan war, or energy polices.

According to the earliest voters, their wait was ten minutes long. But within just a half an hour later, the wait was stretching to 35 to 40 minutes. Some voters complained about the wait, but stayed in line.

Some voters believed the wait was due to having moved the polling place to a much smaller room than before. Yet there were the same amount of voting stations as in the larger room the elections were once held in. Many voters did not know until the day before the polling station had been moved three miles east.

With in the first hour, this rural area polling station had already seen 164 votes cast.

I went back to the polling station at 6 pm to see the line still wrapped around the building, nearly 100 feet. But after exiting the library next door to the polling station 30 minutes later, the line of voters had disappeared.

The deputy of  voting told me that by noon, the rural county of Montgomery, Virginia had already seen 50% of all registered voters having cast their votes. Over 1600 voters showed up in an area of perhaps 5,000 people. They also said that while many people were very passionate about their candidate, no real problems were reported. When we requested a sticker for both McCain and Obama, they laughed and told us they had long ago run out of Obama stickers but still had an entire roll of McCain stickers.

In an area where religion and conservatism runs deep, where churches post signs that say 'I am watching your vote. God' and 'Pray, vote, pray more', most people claimed to have voted for Obama over McCain.