Polling locations report low foot traffic for primary election


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The last voters have cast their Primary Day ballots in Virginia and now candidates and voters alike wait for the results for a number of statewide races.

Across the state, ballots depended on where people live, but Democratic primary ballots all included the candidates for three statewide races.

6:30 p.m.

With only thirty minutes left until polls closing, 276 voters had submitted ballots at the La Prade Public Library in Chesterfield County. There are 3,400 voters who are registered to vote at that location.

The Chief Officer of Election for the La Prade Public Library says that voter turnout is usually much better at the location and voting had been unusually slow all day.

5:30 p.m.

Poll workers at J.R. Tucker High School in Henrico County say that they’ve seen an average of 13-15 voters per hour, with a slight spike in turnout this morning and another expected this evening.

As of 5 p.m., there have been 165 ballots cast today at the J.R. Tucker precinct. There are approximately 4,300 individuals registered to vote at the school.

Poll workers tell 8News there hasn’t been a single absentee ballot dropped off there today.

3:45 p.m.

The precinct at Nuckols Farm Elementary school has over 3,500 registered voters, so far 207 voters have cast their ballots.

2:30 p.m.

The Arthur Ashe Center houses two of Richmond’s voting precincts. As of 2:30 p.m., poll workers tell 8News 143 ballots have been cast at precinct 203 and 89 at precinct 215.

In total, only 232 people have come to cast their ballots at the center today. Volunteers outside say that it is noticeably slower from before the pandemic.

12:30 p.m.

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As of 12:30 p.m., only about 100 of the 1,596 registered voters for the Maple Ave Fire Station in Richmond have cast their ballots today. (Photo: 8News Reporter Olivia Jaquith)

In Richmond, only about 100 of the 1,596 registered voters for the Maple Ave Fire Station in Richmond have cast their ballots today as of 12:30 p.m. Once again, poll workers said that voter turnout has been very light today.

12 p.m.

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Midlothian High School had about 3,500 people registered to vote. So far, as of 11 a.m., only 60 voters showed up. (Photo: 8News Reporter Olivia Jaquith)

About 3,500 people had registered to vote at Midlothian High School, however, poll workers told 8News as of 11 a.m., just over 60 people came to vote and no one has dropped off an absentee ballot.

The chief of this location said that the slowness they’re experiencing today is in line with what they saw pre-pandemic.

Poll workers at this location are wearing face masks. They said they are required to but voters have the option if they’re fully vaccinated.

11:13 a.m.

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There are 4,722 people registered to vote at the North Courthouse Road Library in Chesterfield County. As of about 10:30 this morning, only 86 had shown up. (Photo: 8News Digital Reporter Olivia Jaquith)

The North Courthouse Road Library in Chesterfield County had 4,722 people registered to vote for the primary. As of about 10:30 this morning, only 86 had shown up.

Poll workers who have been at this location in the past told 8News that it’s much slower than pre-pandemic.

6:00 a.m.

What do I need to know about voting?

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. To find your polling place, click here.

Voters need to bring an acceptable form of ID to vote in person. A list of acceptable ID forms can be found here.

If you requested an absentee ballot, you can complete it and drop it off at your polling place on Election Day. If you’re voting by mail, it must be postmarked on or before Election day and received by your registrar by noon on Friday, June 11.

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Masks or face coverings are required in Virginia’s polling locations. (Photo: 8News Delaney Hall)

Who’s on the ballot?

Five Democrats are vying for the party’s nomination for governor: Del. Lee Carter (Manassas), state Sen. Jennifer McClellan (Richmond), Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy and former governor Terry McAuliffe. 

Six candidates are on the ballot for the race for lieutenant governor: Del. Sam Rasoul (Roanoke), Del. Hala Ayala (Prince William), Del. Mark Levine (Alexandria), Sean Perryman, Xavier Warren and Andria McClellan.

Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking a third term in office against challenger Del. Jay Jones.

Related coverage: A look ahead at Virginia’s June 8 primary: What will be on the Democratic and Republican ballot

There are seven House district races on the Republican primary ballot, with only three incumbents being challenged for the party’s nomination. 

The Virginia GOP opted for a convention in early May to select its statewide candidates.

A sample ballot and things to know are posted on the wall of a Richmond polling location. (Photo: 8News Delaney Hall)

What comes next?

Once polls close and ballots have been counted, the contests for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general will be set.

Voters will make the ultimate decision during the general election on November 2.

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