Voter Turnout High in Fairfax Station and Clifton
There were still lines around noon Tuesday.
Update (7:05 p.m. Nov. 6, 2012) Election officers in the Fairfax Station Precinct at St. Peter's said that 1,037 ballots of 1,800 active registered voters had been received as of 5:30 p.m.
Clifton election officers reported around 6 p.m. that they had received 2,725 ballots out of 4,537 active registered voters.
Fairfax Station and Clifton residents went to the polls at a steady pace Tuesday, enjoying midday sunshine despite long lines at some polling locations.
As of noon, St. Peter’s in the Woods Episcopal Church in the Fairfax Station Precinct had received 658 completed ballots out of approximately 1,800 active registered voters, said John Schaedel, an election officer at St. Peter’s.
Schaedel said lines this morning were definitely long, and that on the whole, the turnout this year had been comparable to previous presidential elections.
Election officials at Clifton Presbyterian Church in the Clifton Precinct were seeing equally impressive turnout, said John Fite, an officer who was participating in his first presidential election.
As of roughly 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Clifton Precinct had received 1,715 votes from the area’s 4,537 active registered voters. And even at 12:30 p.m., the line snaked out of the church and onto the sidewalk.
“Turnout is still on the high side,” Fite said.
Mary, a resident and Mitt Romney supporter who had been at church since the polls opened at 6 a.m., said she was partial her candidate’s economic outlook.
“I like his business acumen,” she said.
She also agreed that turnout had been heavy throughout the day.