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 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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