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Loudoun NAACP, Democratic Committee hear reports of suspicious calls about polling locations
6:13 p.m.

Amid the calls incorrectly informing voters in Prince William County and the city of Manassas that their polling places have changed, Democratic officials have also received reports of suspicious calls in Loudoun County.

Loudoun County Democratic Committee Secretary Shelley Tamres said in an email the organization received at least one call today from a Loudoun woman who received a “robo call” about a change of polling place pretending to be from the Ralph Northam campaign. While a couple precincts in western Loudoun have changed, the information passed along in the call is not believed to be accurate.

Tamres passed along the report to Jessica Killeen, the Virginia Democrats' voter protection deputy director, and Killeen replied that they’re aware of the situation and monitoring it.

The NAACP has also informed the State Board of Elections about the call, Loudoun NAACP President Phillip Thompson said in an email.

Another Loudoun resident reported to the Times-Mirror this afternoon about a call falsely stating their polling location had been changed.

-Veronike Collazo



Loudoun County voter turnout hit 33 percent at 4 p.m., according to the Loudoun County Office of Elections. In 2013 -- the most recent gubernatorial election -- voter turnout was around 43 percent for the day.

"Everything has been going fairly smooth with a steady turnout," Mary Lemaster, a chief election officer in Hillsboro, said. "We have had on average 100 voters per hour."

-Karen Graham



Sterling precinct chiefs impressed with turnout; anti-Trump sentiment expressed throughout the day
3:49 p.m.

Early this afternoon, Sterling Middle School veteran precinct chief Ann Ludwick said at least 483 people voted since the polling station opened at 6 a.m. Ludwick said she had seen a relatively “steady stream” of voters throughout the day.

At about 1:40 p.m., Claude Moore Recreation Center precinct chief Arlene Akinduro said her precinct had seen about 23 percent turnout since it opened. Akinduro said this year’s gubernatorial race attracted some of the highest turnout she had seen in the last 10 years she has volunteered as a precinct chief.

Local residents Mohammed Beyad and his mother, Nayereh, said they voted for the Democratic ticket at Sterling Middle School. They said they have often supported Republican candidates, but that this election was different.

“I’m very concerned about the Republican majority right now, so obviously trying to bring that down because they’re doing nothing to oppose [President Donald] Trump,” Nayereh Beyad said “ … [Trump] is so unfit for office, I feel very strongly about that.”

An anti-Donald Trump sentiment has been consistently expressed throughout Loudoun County today, something that's not necessarily surprising in a county that voted overwhelmingly against Trump in last year's presidential election.

In Purcellville, 49-year-old JoAnne said she came out to vote with "an anti-Trump across-the-board vote. I am disgusted with Republicans and what they have allowed to have happen," she said.

-Sydney Kashiwagi and Karen Graham


Turnout figures strong in Loudoun
2 p.m.

Twenty-four percent of Loudoun County voters had cast ballots as of 1 p.m., up from 14 percent at 10 a.m., according to the Loudoun County Office of Elections.

In 2013, Loudoun County voter turnout was 43 percent.

-Chantalle Edmunds


Virginia ACLU warns of false calls of polling place changes
1:38 p.m.

The ACLU of Virginia has received reports of voters receiving calls falsely telling them their polling place has changed, but no such incidents have been reported thus far in Loudoun County.

The reports came from Manassas and Manassas Park and the greater Prince William County area this morning and seem to be isolated to the county, ACLU of Virginia Director of Strategic Communication Bill Farrar said.

Though the callers can mask their phone number using apps and other programs, some calls seem to come semi-locally from Gloucester, Virginia, Farrar said. Other calls have reportedly come from Adairsville, Georgia, according to social media reports.

The ACLU has contacted the State Board of Elections about the issue. Farrar also encouraged anyone who receives one of these calls to record it if possible and send it to the ACLU via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or the voter hotline at 804-644-808.

Should voters have questions about their polling place location, they can visit http://www.elections.virginia.gov for more information.

-Veronike Collazo


A look back at 2013
1:03 p.m.

Four years ago, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) was in a duel with then-Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) to be Virginia’s 72nd governor. Here’s a look at how Loudoun County voted the last time the commonwealth elected a governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

In 2013, McAuliffe won Loudoun County with 44,336 votes (49.3 percent). Cuccinelli took second place with 40,406 (44.9 percent). Statewide, McAuliffe won 47.7 percent of the vote to Cuccinelli’s 45.2 percent.

In the lieutenant governor’s race, Ralph Northam (D) took 48,130 votes (54.7 percent) to Republican E.W. Jackson’s 40,003 (44.5 percent). Across Virginia, Northam claimed 55.1 percent to Jackson’s 44.5 percent.

Democrat and Loudoun County resident Mark Herring claimed 47,314 Loudoun votes (52.6 percent) in the attorney general’s race, and Mark Obenshain took 41,258 (45.9 percent). Statewide, Herring won by just 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast, less than one-tenth of 1 percent.

Voter turnout in Loudoun County in 2013 stood at 89,830, or 43 percent.

-Chantalle Edmunds and Trevor Baratko


Mid-day turnout low in Ashburn, weather could be a factor
12:12 p.m.

Following a rush between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m., turnout at some Ashburn polls has been a little slow as the work day is now in full swing.

The steady, cold rain has likely not helped inspire people to come out to vote, said Democratic volunteers Karen Knobloch and Richard Sall at the Broad Run High School polling station. While voters at the Broad Run station could select a Republican or Democratic sample ballot from volunteers, Knobloch said she felt voters had been taking Democratic sample ballots at a higher rate.

Meanwhile, at the Sanders Corner Elementary School polling station, a Republican volunteer was not on hand dishing out sample ballots. Democratic volunteer Lisa Jones-Bateman said she didn’t know whether it was because of the weather or because Republicans didn’t feel the district was competitive. In 2013, Sanders Corner voted in favor of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, 612 to 554.

Despite the cold and rainy weather, Jones-Bateman said the Sanders Corner station has been more active than she expected as residents have been in and out to vote every couple of minutes.

-Veronike Collazo

Gwen Pangle from the Loudoun County Democratic Committee hands out sample ballot papers outside Heritage High in Leesburg. Times-Mirror/Chantalle Edmunds


Morning turnout strong across Loudoun County
10:22 a.m.

Voter turnout appears to be brisk across Loudoun, and only minor problems had been reported as of 10 a.m.

"There have been no major issues so far," said Judy Brown, the general registrar in Loudoun County.

A power outage at Pinebrook Elementary school in South Riding was reported, but Brown said back-up generators are in place. There was also a machine malfunction in Sterling (see below), but that did not appear to disrupt any voting.

A steady stream of voters made their way into Heritage High School in Leesburg this morning.

Gwen Pangle from the Loudoun County Democratic Committee was standing outside the school handing out sample ballots. "I'm doing what I can to perpetuate the American dream," she said.

Voter Brenda Camacha from Leesburg told the Times-Mirror she was hoping for some change. "There's lots of crazy things happening in our country," she said. "I have a lot of social issues, especially around health care," she added.

At nearby Cool Springs Elementary School, Austin Robert, a Democrat, was handing out sample ballot papers. "There's multiple people coming out to volunteer and vote," he said. "Today Virginia has the opportunity to send a message to the rest of the country to reject the Trump administration."

"I'm just glad the phone calls and the ads will stop," said Greg Armfield, a Leesburg resident.

David Chandler said he was voting against the “lies from the Democratic Party.”

At Loudoun County High School, precinct workers said turnout was strong, with more than 220 voters by 9:30 a.m.

The reports of heavy turnout in Leesburg follow that of robust crowds in several Sterling precincts.

-Chantalle Edmunds and Trevor Baratko

Ann Ludwick, precinct chief of Sterling No. 701 (Sterling Middle School), described voting as steady and surprising between 6 and 9 a.m. with about 10 percent of registered voters in attendance. "Normally, we're used to seeing some drop off by about 9 o'clock when people head for work, but it's been quite steady all morning." Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser


Signs line the walkway at Sugarland Run Elementary in Sterling. Times-Mirror/Alexander Todd Erkiletian

Steady flow of voters in Sterling
8:31 a.m.

Reports from the polls state an electronic ballot box at Sugarland Run Elementary in Sterling broke down around 7 a.m. Repairs were quickly underway, and there was no interruption to voting.

Voter turnout at Sugarland was steady. There was a line of voters waiting as polls opened. Since then a consistent stream of voters, about 10 voters per minute on average.

A little over 100 voters by 7:30 a.m. at Claude Moore recreation center – again a steady flow of voters.

-Alexander Todd Erkiletian

Election officials inspect a malfunctioning ballot machine at Sugarland Run Elementary in Sterling. Times-Mirror/Alexander Todd Erkiletian

Polls open, know who's on the ballot
6 a.m.

Voters across Virginia head to the polls today to elect the next governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and members of the state House of Delegates. Here's some basic voter information for Loudoun County's electorate.

Polls in Loudoun will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Most voters in Loudoun will vote at their normal polling location. You can look up your polling place and related information online at http://www.vote.elections.virginia.gov. Some voters in the Blue Ridge Election District have changed precincts. The move affects about 7,500 voters who originally were in Precinct 313-Pinebrook, Precinct 314- Legacy and Precinct 316-Creighton's Corner. Loudoun voters can check their voting location at http://www.loudoun.gov/polls.

Voters are required to show photo identification at their precinct. Acceptable forms of photo ID include a Virginia DMV-issued driver’s license, a U.S. passport, a student photo ID from a college or university located in Virginia or a government-issued photo ID. Voters who do not have one of these forms of photo ID are eligible for a free Virginia Voter Photo ID Card. More information is online at http://www.loudoun.gov/VoterID.

In addition to the political offices, there will be two Loudoun County bond questions:

1.) Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum principal amount of $81,761,000 to finance, in whole or in part, the costs to design and construct the C.S. Monroe Technology Center/Douglass School Renovations; the costs to design and construct High School Stadium Synthetic Turf and Track Resurfacing; the costs to install Division Security Improvements at 60 schools; the costs of School Bus Replacements and Acquisitions; and the costs of other public school facilities as requested by the Loudoun County School Board?

2.) Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum principal amount of $15,660,000 to finance, in whole or in part, the costs to design, construct and equip the replacement of the Round Hill Fire Station; and the costs of other public safety facilities approved in the County's Capital Improvement Program?

Voters residing in the towns of Leesburg and Round Hill will vote in a special election to fill vacated Town Council seats. Sample ballots with the candidates and bond questions are online at http://www.loudoun.gov/election2017.

Text LCVOTES to 888777 to receive text alerts from the Loudoun County Office of Elections and Voter Registration or sign up for the new Election Update category through Alert Loudoun, the county’s email and text notification system.
The Times-Mirror will be posting election results at LoudounTimes.com as they come in.

Here's who is on the ballot in various parts of Loudoun County:


-Ed Gillespie (R)
-Ralph Northam (D)
-Cliff Hyra (L)

Lieutenant governor

-Justin Fairfax (D)
-Jill Vogel (R)

Attorney General

-Mark Herring (D), incumbent
-John Adams (R)

House of Delegates

10th District

-Randy Minchew (R), incumbent
-Wendy Gooditis (D)

32nd District

-Tag Greason (R), incumbent
-David Reid (D)

33rd District

-David LaRock (R), incumbent
-Tia Walbridge (D)

34th District

-Kathleen Murphy (D), incumbent
-Cheryl Buford (R)

67th District

-James LeMunyon (R), incumbent
-Karrie Delaney (D)

87th District

-John Bell (D), incumbent
-Subba Kolla (R)

86th District

-Jennifer Boysko (D), incumbent --
-Linda Schulz (R) --

Leesburg Town Council

-Josh Thiel --
-Vanessa Maddox --



Thank you to all election volunteers!

Nah, only Trump can delete tweets after his candidate loses

I suspect there’s a commenter in this chain who wishes you could delete previous comments.

Holla 4 kolla

“At my precint in Ashburn almost every voter I saw was taking the Democratic sample ballot and rejecting the Republican sample ballot.”

Because Republicans are already informed and don’t need help.

“Northam and Herring concession speeches tonight at 7!”

As in, before the vote tallies are even sent in? Do you know something shady that we don’t?

I look forward to the day when they STOP putting the party affiliation next to the name.  Perhaps than people will actually do some homework and vote for a candidate they feel will represent them, and not a party that really doesn’t care about them (that applies to both parties). But then again I also look forward to the day Washington will have a team that wins a Championship.

At my precint in Ashburn almost every voter I saw was taking the Democratic sample ballot and rejecting the Republican sample ballot.

Northam and Herring concession speeches tonight at 7!

At the roundabout on Pleasant Valley Road, all the John Bell signs this morning had Subba Kolla signs placed directly in front of them.  Really, guys?

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