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Liveblog: Election Day 2012 afternoon, evening coverage

photoTimes-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny Hannah Choi, 8, helps her mother Deborah cast her ballot electronically at Evergreen Mill Elementary School in Leesburg within 5 minutes of the polls closing. No other voters were there when they arrived. “It was quicker than I anticipated,” Choi said.
photoTimes-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny Nirmala Padmanabhan and her husband Padmanabhan K. Gramdha walk back to their car after voting at Freedom High School in South Riding. They said there was no line when they entered after 3 p.m.
photoTimes-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny Election worker Patrick Folena checks in a voter at Freedom High School in South Riding.
photoTimes-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny Lindsey Ritchie, a biology teacher at John Champe High School, casts her ballot electronically at Freedom High School in South Riding.

UPDATED: 8:30 p.m.
Video by Aaron Koepper, Times-Mirror Staff Writer


Election Day finished quietly at precincts across Ashburn, with late voters trickling in and no long lines in sight. Briar Woods High School, Broad Run High School and Stone Bridge High School all saw turnout over 65 percent, according to precinct chiefs.

At Briar Woods High School, one of the County’s largest districts, about 2,287 of 3,298, or 69 percent of registered voters turned out, the highest ever, according to precinct chief Ellice Kark.

Kark called the morning very busy, saying they had 500 voters come through before 7:45 a.m. and another 500 voters came through by 9:30 a.m.

At Broad Run High School, 1,510 of 2,215 registered voters came to the polls as of 6:30 p.m., according to precinct chief Robert Cranson.

“Turnout’s going great,” Stone Bridge precinct chief Ray Ehrenbeck said around 4 p.m. today. “We had an extremely large rush in the morning up until 10. People were standing outside past the parking lot.”

2,265 out of 3,413, or 66 percent of registered voters came out to vote at Stone Bridge as of 6 p.m.

UPDATED: 6:10 p.m.
Video by Beverly Denny, Times-Mirror Photography Editor

Election volunteer at Freedom HS in South Riding talks to the Times-Mirror


UPDATED: 6:04 p.m.

No school? Parents use Election Day has teaching tool
By Crystal Owens, Times-Mirror Assistant Editor

It was a common scene Tuesday as voters filed into precincts: parents with their children in tow.

Some brought their kids out of necessity since Loudoun County Public Schools were closed for Election Day, but others took the opportunity to teach their children about how democracy works.

“I just thought she should be here. She can learn a lot about the process. She’s been seeing the ads on TV,” said mother of six, Cate Todd, who brought her 9-year-old daughter Grace with her to Belmont Ridge Middle School to vote.

Other Lansdowne residents, like Gary Comi, said bringing his two kids was a necessity.

Still, Comi said, “I’d like them to learn about the process and understand.”

Voter Tiffany Taylor said one of her two children wanted to go with her to the polls.

“I think it’s a good way for them to see how the process works,” Taylor said.

One woman who asked not to be identified said she brought her two children to show them what a privilege it is to be able to vote.

“My parents come from a different country where elections are not always the best,” she said. “I appreciate that we live in a country where we have this privilege.”

UPDATED: 5:30 p.m.
Video by Beverly Denny, Times-Mirror Photography Editor

Del. Ramadan addresses voters

State Del. David Ramadan (R-87th) was welcoming voters at Freedom High School in South Riding late Tuesday afternoon.


photoTimes-Mirror Staff Photo/Crystal Owens The Belmont Ridge precinct in Lansdowne had a steady stream of voters as of 2:30 p.m. with few voting machine problems.
photoTimes-Mirror Staff Photo/Crystal Owens Loudoun Republican Supervisor Ralph Buona (Ashburn) speaks with other Republicans outside the Belmont Ridge precinct Tuesday afternoon.

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.
By Crystal Owens, Times-Mirror Assistant Editor

Voters continue to stream into Belmont Ridge Middle School

The Belmont Ridge precinct in Lansdowne this afternoon was home to a steady stream of voters.

At 6 a.m. when the polls opened there was a line already formed, said Michael Walsh, assistant precinct chief.

Between 10 a.m. and noon the lines went out the door and around the block at Belmont Ridge Middle School as buses arrived from nearby Leisure World with more voters, Walsh said.

So far the precinct has had little problems. A minor glitch closed the electronic voting machines down for seven to 10 minutes, he said.

As of 1:30 p.m. Valdis Ronis, precinct chief, said Belmont Ridge had seen about a 60 percent voter turn out.

“We’ve had way over 2,000 people in person and about 1,000 in person absentee ballots,” Ronis said.

Fifteen poll workers and two high school volunteers were on hand to help voters at 5 a.m., he said.

Ronis said the precinct has had few problems with the new law requiring voters show identification to vote.

This year, instead of signing an Affirmation of Identity, voters are required to sign an Affirmation of Eligibility. They then have until noon Friday to produce identification for their ballots to count.

“We’ve had about less than a dozen of those today,” Ronis said.

photoYoung Republican supporters were on hand at Loudoun County High School trying to sway any last-minute undecided voters. Pictured, from left, is Michael Nerantzis, Jack Minchew and Matthew Protic. Minchew is the son of state Del. Randy Minchew (R-10th). Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Trevor Baratko

UPDATE: 2:26 p.m.
By Trevor Baratko, Times-Mirror Staff Writer

High turnout at county’s smallest precinct

By 2 p.m., nearly 50 percent of the 2,000 voters in the Leesburg District’s Brandon Park precinct had cast their ballots – 750 in person Tuesday and approximately 200 by absentee.

Precinct chief Dave Labuhn said Election Day has run smooth.

“We had our biggest rush this morning between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m.,” Labuhn said.

Lines at the precinct’s polling spot, Loudoun County High School, were moving swiftly following the lunch hour. Those citizens who opted for paper ballots could cast their votes immediately, while those requesting to use the touch-screen, electronic ballot waited just a few minutes.

The Brandon Park precinct in Leesburg is the smallest in the county.


Editor’s Note: Considered a swing county in an important swing state, Loudoun has played host several times these past months to the candidates. Here is a quick review:

*Gov. Mitt Romney (R), Wednesday, June 27. Click here for coverage.
*President Barack Obama, Thursday, Aug. 2. Click here for coverage.
*Mrs. Ann Romney, Friday, Sept. 7. Click here for coverage.
*Mrs. Michelle Obama, Tuesday, Oct. 9. Click here for coverage.
*Gov. Mitt Romney (R), Wednesday, Oct. 17. Click here for coverage.
*Mrs. Ann Romney, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Click here for coverage.
*Vice President Joe Biden (D), Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Click here for coverage.

Locally, Leesburg voters are selecting a mayor and three members of the town council. Two other towns are choosing town council members with two spots open in the Lovettsville special election and Hillsboro selecting its town council as well.

Check in throughout the day for news and interviews from polling places across Loudoun as well as news of any special events or incidents throughout the day. Liveblog coverage will continue until polls close at 7 p.m. with local results being reported as they become available. To join the discussion, “like” the Loudoun Times-Mirror on Facebook or use the hashtag “ltmelection” on Twitter.

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For a look back at the Times-Mirror Liveblog coverage of Election Day 2011, click here or here.


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