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Afternoon Update: Still Time to Cast A Vote

Election Day is finally here. Stick with Patch on Election Day for continuous updates.

Update, 5:30 p.m. - Still need to vote before the polls close at 7 p.m.? Head to your polling spot - there is a good chance you can get in and out without a wait.

Traffic at Lake Anne Elementary School was steady all day, with nearly a 50 percent turnout, officials said. Like many Reston polling spots, people were lining up at the doors of the school when voting began at 6 a..m.

As of 5 p.m., 1,788 people out of 3,429 registered voters had cast their votes, but line had dwindled down to no waiting.

The after-work crowd was still lining the lobby of Aldrin Elementary School at 5 p.m., with about 100 people in line to cast their vote.

Precinct director Randy Causey said 2,820 people cast votes at Aldrin as of 5 p.m. - about a 58 percent turnout not including absentee ballots. 

For precinct-by-precinct Reston election results after the polls close, click here.

Update, 11 a.m. - Election Day 2012 arrived in Reston with lines out the door of several polling places by 5:30 a.m.

By 9 a.m., 615 people had cast their vote at the Cameron Glen precinct.

Traffic was similar at other Reston spots, where voters cooled their heels in line with a variety of electronic devices.

Voting at 7 a.m. at South Lakes High School was longtime Virginia Del. Ken Plum (D). Plum was still beaming after spending Saturday night - his 71st birthday - at the Barack Obama rally at Jiffy Lube Live.

Tuesday, it was time for business.

"Voting is a fundamental duty for Americans," he said. "But the choices today couldn't be clearer. We are going to have a big turnout. I think ultimately, [the Democrats] will prevail."

Plum planned to spend the rest of the day last-minute canvassing by phone for the president at Reston's Obama for America office.

The line at South Lakes at 8 a.m. snaked into the halls. Officials said there were 250 people in line when the polls opened at 6 a.m. and that over 600 people had voted in the first two hours.

Outside the school, Mitt Romney volunteer Paul Marino handed out Republican sample ballots.

Marino said is impressed with the Republican candidate's business sense.

"I like his principles and his business acumen," Marino said. "I like what he has accomplished. He is a good leader."

By 8:30, the line at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods polling spot stretched from the building's door all the way around the main room (where volunteers were offering free coffee) and then into side rooms where the actual voting was taking place.

One government employee, who asked her name not be used, in line said she did not even think of early voting and avoiding the wait. She also said she was gladly casting her ballot for Obama.

"I think he has set the economy on the right track," she said. "We are heading in the right direction, and I like where he stands on woman's issues. Romney scares the [expletive] out of me."

How is it looking at your polling place? Let us know in the comments.

Still need to know where to vote? Click here.

Click here later  for complete voting results.

 

Original story, Tuesday 5 a.m.

 

It's finally Election Day!

The real news will come later on Tuesday (perhaps not till the wee hours of Wednesday) as Fairfax County plays its part in electing either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney as president.

Reston residents will also vote for US Senate, Congress and several consitutional ballots and Fairfax County bond issues. Among the bond issues: a $25 million library bond that will be used in part to build a new Reston Regional Library.

officials said. In-person Election Day voting runs from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Let us know what you see out there (long lines? irregularities?) by commenting on this story or on our Facebook page.

To see our Reston Election Guide, click here.

To find your Reston polling spot, click here.

For precinct-by-precinct Reston election results after the polls close, click here.

Check this story throughout the day as it will continually updated with Reston Election Day news and observations.

Patrick McBride November 06, 2012 at 12:15 PM
The VA polls actually open at 6am.. and at 5.55 at SLHS there were a few hundred people waiting already! The line moved quite quickly -- good work SLHS poll team!
JAK November 06, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Just as a heads up to my fellow Restonians: The Library bond question on the actual sample ballot that I saw is not worded as clearly as it was previously on here. The question regarding the $10,000,000 for the moving and rebuilding of our Reston Library and government center is now muddled in with a bond issue for county-wide facilities at a cost of $25,000,000. Please pay close attention to this, and do not be duped by it. It is all pretty shady if you ask me, and other voters agreed.
Chris November 06, 2012 at 02:20 PM
FYI - the Hunters Woods Elem poll location only has three electronic voting machines. I would leave yourself plenty of time to vote if that is your location. I got there at 6 a.m. and it still took 40 minutes to vote. There are also paper ballots booths, but the line was still moving rather slowly.
Karen Goff November 06, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Hi Pat - yes, apologies for the error on the 7 a.m.. It has been fixed.
Bethany Hannan November 06, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I drove by Terraset Elementary this morning on my way to work and the line of cars parked on the side of the road was incredible. Needless to say I didn't bother stopping and went straight to work. I'll try again after work... :/
novatom November 06, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I was at Terraset at 5:55, just before the polls opened. I was there around the same time in 2008. Lines were much shorter this year.
Lilguy November 06, 2012 at 03:32 PM
For those who don't recall, we've already had one bond referendum issue on the Reston Regional Library about 5-6 years ago. It passed. All the money was diverted to other libraries on the list. What makes anyone think the money from this bond will be used in Reston?
Lilguy November 06, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Actually, the library bond referendum was in 2004. It proposed $52.5 million for the renovation and remodeling of several libraries, including Reston Regional. How'd that work out? And what will we get from this bond: a freaking feasibility study! Go check that out at the library.
Dennis November 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
South Lakes, in at 11am, out at 11:15am. Shocked, I was expecting long lines and prepared myself for a good wait. Poll worker said that I came at a good time.
The Convict November 06, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I stood in line at Terraset for about 45 minutes. I believe that I got there about 8:15 am. I have never seen the line that long!
Jon November 06, 2012 at 07:12 PM
walked into South Lakes at 1:32, checked in, cast and left by 1:36.
Jim Flood November 06, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I was at Forest Edge Elementary School at 6:15 a.m. Line was longest I ever saw. Left and came back at about 10:00 a.m. After a respite, the line was long again. I think this is going to be a heavy election turnout day in northern Virginia, which is great to see. Jim F.
Grant Springs November 06, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I arrived at the Forest Edge (Reston 2#) polling place and was surprised to find only THREE electronic voting booths. Last year there were SIX. On the side of the THREE electronic booths, was a gentleman encouraging people to vote on paper, because as he said, it was faster. What is this all about? This appears much less efficient and why is paper voting being encouraged over electronic cast? This makes no sense. It is 2012 not 1912, the county should be moving forward, not re-visiting the past. Paper is wasteful and there is no indication to me that paper ballots will be counted any more efficiently than electronic. Plus there is also the specter of paper vote tampering. How easy would it be to switch out a box full of paper ballots with a box full of fictitious ones. This is causing longer lines and is discourage voting. This practice should be stopped immediately. The county should be adding more electronic booths not reducing them.
Patrick McBride November 06, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Grant, The "paper ballots" are actually filled out by the voter and then optically scanned and totaled. The scanned paper ballots drop into the bin and the scanner totals the vote. Not very high-tech but pretty tamper resistant and auditable. The problem with the all electronic voting systems that are used in VA is that there is no paper trail. If the machine fails for some reason (either by malicious actions or just a bug) there is nothing that can be traced back to the vote that was actually cast by the voter. I am not a voting machine expert, but have been in the network security business for some time. So, I believe that a paper record is critical part of an audit trail. One issue I see with the optical scanner is that, while I know what I put on the ballot (what votes I cast by filling in the circles) the scanner does not show me (visibly) how it counted each vote -- for my verification. IMHO...A better solution would include both a paper audit trail (like the current system) and a way for the voter to confirm that his votes were scanned/counted correctly by the scanner -- for example giving us a voting receipt or a screen that showed how it was counted. Also, according to this article, one optical scanner can replace a bunch of the electronic voting machines (lower cost). http://www.virginia-organizing.org/content/take-action-today-continue-ban-new-electronic-voting-machines-dres
Patrick McBride November 06, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Nice...drive by voting!
Lucinda Shannon November 06, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I agree with Patrick, I think it is important to have a paper trail and this is a safer way to vote. Also, if you want the county to move forward and have the best equipment available and more of it, then we have to vote to support that system. Someone has to pay for it and the message I've been hearing is that we don't want to invest in government and infrastructure. So why would we expect to have up to date equipment.
Russell S. Snowman November 06, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I got to Armstrong Elementary at 6:15 AM and parking was crazy. I waited on line over 1 1/2 hours. They had 5 electronic voting machines.
Dennis November 06, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I didn't count but South Lakes probably had the same number but I found the paper scantron ballot just as quick to fill out. And more efficient, too. At least 20-30 voters filling out the paper version at the same time.

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