Election Day updates: Candidates mingle with voters outside polling places, as turnout remains consistent around Hampton Roads.
(WAVY) – VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. On Tuesday, Virginians will go to the polls to vote for their next governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and all 100 Virginia House of Delegates members, as well as municipal contests.
The polls opened at 6 a.m. and will be open until 7 p.m., and if you’re still in line at that time, you’ll be allowed to vote. Check that you have an approved form of identification (there are several). If you do not have a form of identification, you may sign an ID confirmation statement or vote via provisional ballot.
Additionally, the Virginia Agency of Election states that if a voter believes their voting rights have been infringed or they have observed an Election law being broken, they may notify the department at 1-800-552-9745 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before you go to the polls, check out WAVY’s elections website for all the information you need.
Throughout the day, we’ll provide live updates below.
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Updates in real time
5:40 p.m. – Marielena Balouris of 10 On Your Side met with Republican Karen Greenhalgh and Democrat incumbent Del. Alex Askew of House District 85. While Greenhalgh remained at the same polling location throughout the day, Askew moved across the district.
Meanwhile, WAVY’s Jon Dowding is covering House District 83 in Virginia Beach. Tim Anderson, a newbie, is challenging Del. Nancy Guy (D) (R). As the results come in Tuesday night, he will be at the Westin in Town Center with the Republican candidates.
Aesia Toliver of WAVY was in Virginia Beach for the House District 21 election, where incumbent Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler (D) and challenger Tanya Gould (R) were seen shaking hands and conversing with voters.
— 5:15 p.m. The McAuliffe campaign tells 10 On Your Side that voter participation in Democratic strongholds Fairfax and Prince William County has already topped 2017 levels. In Newport News, there is an extremely high turnout among Black voters.
4:45 p.m. — According to James City County, approximately 60 percent of registered voters had already voted in today’s election as of 3 p.m.
–– 4:30 p.m. WAVY’s Marielena Balouris is reporting the House of Delegates contest in District 85, which pits Democratic incumbent Alex Askew against Republican challenger Karen Greenhalgh. Follow the race’s progress at this page.
1:32 p.m. Aesia Toliver of WAVY is reporting the House of Delegates contest in District 21 between incumbent Democrat Kelly Convirs-Fowler and Republican challenger Tanya Gould. Follow her on Twitter and stay tuned for additional coverage.
— 1:20 p.m. On Election Day, WAVY reporters will be covering a number of elections around the state.
Jon Dowding is covering one of the most contested House of Delegates seats, the 83rd District. In 2019, incumbent Democrat Nancy Guy won by by 40 votes against then-incumbent Republican Chris Stolle, who was viewed as more moderate than 2021 rival Tim Anderson.
Anderson, a lawyer who defended a guy arrested in the Jan. 6 Capitol brawl, gained popularity in 2020 after filing a lawsuit (now rejected) against State Sen. Louise Lucas over the Portsmouth Confederate monument events.
All 100 House of Delegates seats are up for grabs in this election, with Republicans needing to flip at least six to retake control of the house. Democrats now possess a 55-45 majority in the Senate.
— 11:30 a.m. According to Department of Elections Commissioner Christopher Piper, almost 20% of Virginia’s 5.9 million registered voters had already voted as of Tuesday morning, with 862,927 voting early and in-person and 306,662 voting absentee by mail.
In 2017, the last time Virginia chose a new governor, 2,612,309 people cast ballots, representing 47.6 percent of registered voters, with 192,397 voting absentee. However, things have changed dramatically since then. Virginia made absentee voting available to everyone, as well as in-person early voting.
Piper says he’s only heard of minor issues so far on Election Day, with one polling location in Henrico County being delayed for roughly 10 minutes due to a medical emergency. There were also instances of scanner machines jamming, but election officials followed procedure as technicians worked to resolve the difficulties.
A power outage also occurred at a polling station in Chesterfield County, but voting continued as usual since voting machines are battery powered.
Piper anticipates that pre-processing of absentee votes will be completed by 7 p.m., when polls close. Localities in Virginia are now required to begin pre-processing absentee votes at least seven days before Election Day. According to Piper, around 89,000 absentee votes had not been returned as of Tuesday morning. Absentee votes mailed on Election Day will be accepted if they reach at the registrar’s office by noon on Friday. You may also return your postal ballot in person, according to Piper.
Piper anticipates municipalities to disclose in-person early voting results (which concluded on Saturday) shortly after 7 p.m. as well. This year, Piper adds, in-person and absentee voting will be separated.
With absentee and in-person ballots filled ahead of time, precincts will be able to concentrate on turning in votes from Election Day itself reasonably swiftly.
“This is beneficial because it implies that the localities should be able to begin tabulating results quickly after the polls close at 7 p.m.,” Piper adds.
Piper says he can’t estimate when all precincts will complete reporting, but it should be done by this evening.
Another briefing has been scheduled at 8 p.m.
Piper also responded to queries from reporters here:
10 a.m. – If you’re heading to the polls today afternoon/evening, bring your rain jacket/umbrella. Jeremy Wheeler, a meteorologist, predicts rain. In Virginia, polls close at 7 p.m.
8:15 a.m. – Voting is still going on around Hampton Roads, including in East Ocean View, where WAVY anchor Tom Schaad voted. As of 8:15 a.m., no lines had been reported. Lines have been reported to be smooth in other areas of Hampton Roads.
— 8:10 a.m. Though some polling booths have signs stating that masks are necessary to vote inside, this does not imply you will be turned away if you do not have your mask. WAVY verified with election authorities, who confirmed that you may still vote at the polls. There are also some masks provided at voting locations (while supplies last), so don’t leave if you don’t have one.
“It’s crucial to emphasize that if you’re not wearing a mask, you cannot be turned away,” explains Department of Elections Commissioner Christopher Piper.
Polls in North Carolina for municipal elections are now open until 7:30 p.m., starting at 6:30 a.m. This year, there are no statewide elections in North Carolina.
6:00 a.m. Virginia polls are now open till 7 p.m.
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