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Election Goes on Despite Earthquake

by ARLnow.com — August 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm 1,359 7 Comments

Voting in Arlington is proceeding as normal, despite today’s earthquake.

All voting centers are open, according to county elections officials, but voting has been moved outside at the George Mason University voting center due to the university’s decision to close all of its buildings. Some voting centers were briefly evacuated after the quake, but polls will close at 7:00 p.m. as scheduled.

“We should be fine… there have been no reports of any issues at all,” said Arlington County Registrar Linda Lindberg. She noted that the only people calling to ask about keeping the polls open later have been the candidates themselves.

Lindberg said overall turnout is still estimated to be about 7 to 10 percent of active registered voters.

“Turnout is about what we’ve expected so far,” she said.

According to Lindberg, turnout is expected to be higher in the 31st state Senate District, the battleground of a contentious Democratic primary.

  • TGEoA

    Arlington is Jaime-town!

  • JimPB

    Democracy at work trumps earth trermors.

  • Dan

    The crowd was awful….just kidding.

  • Hikin’ the Pike

    I was in the Clarendon Ed Center at the time and they took all the election equipment outside with them. Thought they were gong to set up in Baja Fresh.

  • LyonParkVoter

    The issue isn’t whether polls are open. It’s whether folks who were planning to vote after work can get back in time. It took over 45 minutes for the train to make it from Rosslyn to Clarendon at 3:30. Probably got worse after that. Nice to see Ms. Lindberg ignoring or failing to check the news to understand the chaotic transportation issues affecting the region.

  • Funny

    Breaking News: Soto claims earthquake was a ploy by Favola campaign to disrupte voter turn out, negatively affecting Soto campaign. Demands recount.

  • brian

    ARLNOW.COM was down for a while …

    I guess they called their tech support guy featured in the article and things were back online shortly

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