Election Day Draws High Voter Turnout in Eastern Prince William County

The presidential race is the main incentive for many to vote in this election.

Update, 4:20 p.m.:

By about 3 p.m., the lines at some Lake Ridge precincts were beginning to dwindle. At McCoart, 1,371 out of 2,788 registered voters had voted by 3:10 p.m., not counting the absentee ballots. Election officer Nicholas Handres projected a turnout of 2,105 voters in the precinct by the time the polls closed. 

"Hold me to that," he said, smiling. 

At Chinn, 1,235 out of 2,696 registered voters had voted by 3:20 p.m. not counting the absentee ballots. Election officers would not give a projected total number of voters for the day.

At Fred Lynn in Woodbridge, the line had only grown longer. 935 out of 3,259 registered voters had voted by 3:41 p.m., not counting the absentee ballots, and election officers would give no projection for the total number of voters for the day.

Original story: 

After the paltry voter turnout in eastern Prince William County for the Republican primaries on June 12, voters are turning out in force for the presidential election today. 

In Lake Ridge, precinct parking lots were crowded, with drivers circling the McCoart building parking lot several times before giving up and parking their vehicles against the yellow curb. 512 people had voted in the McCoart precinct by 9:20 a.m., out of 2,788 registered voters. 451 absentee ballots had been issued. 

On June 12, only 81 out of 2683 registered voters in the McCoart precinct had voted by 1 p.m., and election officers had projected a total turnout of 144. 

At Chinn Park Regional Library, 478 out of 2,696 registered voters had voted by 9:30 a.m., and 279 absentee ballots had been issued. On June 12, only 41 out of 2590 registered voters had voted by 12:30 p.m., and election officers had projected a total turnout of about 100 voters. 

In Woodbridge, at Fred Lynn Middle School, the line stretched around the room, out the building, along the sidewalk, and around the parking lot. As of about 10 a.m., 402 out of 3,259 registered voters in the precinct had voted, with 248 absentee ballots issued. As of noon on June 12, only 12 voters had voted. 

Need some more information on the candidates or the proposed Virginia constitutional amendments? Check out the election guides for Lake Ridge - Occoquan, Woodbridge, and Dale City. 

Dan November 07, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I got to Springwoods at 5:05 and finished about 2 hours later. The lines were wrapped around the hallways and gym.
Lauren Jost November 07, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Wow! Thanks for the comments, all, seems like its a big turnout. We'll know for sure when the numbers come out.
Birgit Campana November 07, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Went to Potomac HS and the lines there were longer than at any election I have ever seen. I actually teared up to see how committed everyone was to cast their vote. My faith us renewed. No reason to complain, it was a beautiful sight!! I even had to leave and come back. Hopefully, this will be a trend and more voting machines will be installed. Bravo Virginia!!
Mark Matusof November 07, 2012 at 09:50 PM
At Potomac Middle School, it was almost a 4-hour line. I got in line just before 6 PM and voted at 9:45 PM. There were still a couple of hundred people behind me. Everyone was patient and in good spirits, though. The poll workers were great, they ran out to the store and were passing out coffee, water, snacks, candy, etc.
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