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Officials prep for Virginia elections

Officials prep for Virginia elections

ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. - Election workers in Virginia are preparing voting locations across the state for tomorrow. 

Polls open at 6 a.m. and election officials are expecting a big turnout. 

Election officials all over the commonwealth of Virginia are prepping for Tuesday's election. Voters will head to their polling places to cast their ballots just like this to choose the state's next governor.

"The main thing is we have all the equipment that must go out into the polls and our chief  election officials will go ahead and get everything out to the precincts."

The entire commonwealth is going back to paper ballots this year after the Department of Homeland Security warned hacking may have occurred during last years presidential election. 
In Accomack County, they're already ahead of the curve after turning to paper three years ago according to Registrar Patricia White. . 

"We had the WinVote touchscreen machine here in Accomack county and we knew the state had decertified them. So in preparation for that we switched over to the paper-based scanning machines that read the paper ballots."

If early voting is any indication of what's to come, White thinks turnout will be high. 

"Absentee voting has been higher than normal gubernatorial race. We've had a heavier turnout which is usually a good premise for what you might look for tomorrow."

Polls open at 6 am and close down at 7pm and with plenty of polling locations available, officials expect the day to run like a well-oiled machine. 

"Our polling places there's not one that's over 2700 people. So our lines aren't really that much of an issue that people would need to be that concerned.", says White.

The only concern Registrar White has is the weather, because of the eastern shore of Virginia's only island precinct. 

"We have the island of Tangier. We have to make sure they get their equipment and it gets back to us. That's determined solely by weather conditions because they have to travel by boat." 


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