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Primary Turnout ‘About Average,’ Official Says

by ARLnow.com June 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm 2,762 20 Comments

(Updated at 4:10 p.m.) County election officials are anticipating an average, uneventful primary voting day in Arlington.

Local polling stations will remain open until 7:00 tonight for the Democratic U.S. House of Representatives primary between Rep. Jim Moran and Bruce Shuttleworth, and the Republican U.S. Senate primary between Jamie Radtke, George Allen, Bob Marshall and E.W. Jackson.

Arlington County Registrar Linda Lindberg says no problems have been reported at the polls. Based on voting thus far, she is anticipating a countywide turnout of between 6 and 10 percent, which is about average for a primary.

“It has been a pretty quiet day,” she said.

Lindberg noted that turnout has been higher in parts of north Arlington that often see more of a Republican turnout, while it has been lighter in parts of south Arlington (like Crystal City) that have more of a transient population.

  • John Fontain

    Is transients what they are calling them these days? It’s so hard to keep up with the lingo.

    • Michael H.

      It’s not a reference to homeless people, contrary to what you may believe. Many people in the D.C. area who are referred to as transients are recent college graduates working on congressional staffs, campaigns, nonprofits, lobbying firms, law firms, etc. A lot of these people only stay in the area for a few years and then go back to their home states.

      Almost all of these people have college and even graduate/professional degrees. Hardly your stereotypical view of “transients”.

      As for actual homeless people, Crystal City actually has very few. There is occasionally one homeless person at the Metro entrance but that’s about it.

      • Elmer

        And don’t forget all those young adults still in the nest and sleeping on their parents couches in this third year-plus of “Hope and Change”.

      • John Fontain

        The original article didn’t reference Crystal City and just said voting turnout was lower in South Arlington which has a more transient population. Given that it wouldn’t make sense to describe half the county as being transient but the other half not, my post was merely a joke about the registrar using the term ‘transients’ as code for Hispanics, who predominantly live in south Arlington.

    • Michael H.

      Many of the transients are registered voters in other states. If they vote at all, they vote in their home districts.

  • Arlingtoon

    I wonder if the higher turnout in North Arlington is due to voters for the Republican Senate primary or to Bruce Shuttleworth’s neighbors who are voting in the Democratic primary.

    • Tabs

      Ha. We’ll see.

      I looked at the bios of George Allen’s “competition”; wow.

    • Rosslynite

      I was wondering if someone would wonder that.

    • marie antoinette

      The higher turnout in North Arlington is a harbinger of what is to come this November; Obama is going to get beat like a drum in Virginia and North Carolina.

      • SouthArlJD

        Keep dreaming, Marie Antoinette. Probably thought you’d escape the guillotine, too.

  • OldTimer

    I just go vote to have something to do. If I had $1M for each voter I saw at the polling place today then I would have $0. I put the I Voted sticker on my dog and that makes me a chic magnet for the day.

  • CS

    I did not have to hold my nose when I voted today. Go Bruce!

  • arlvarunner

    If I had $1M for every voter I saw at the polling station today, I’d have $3M…and I vote in Crystal City. I guess not all of us are “transient”.

  • Traffic Jammin

    Since there was no referendum about bike trail speed limits, I did not make it out today. (Also it rained)

    • marie antoinette


  • Joe Hoya

    There was one person ahead of me at the polling place. I almost turned around because of the wait.

  • Just Me

    I voted against Moran, it amazes me so many of you keep voting for him.

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  • JohnB2

    That picture still cracks me up… Every time I see it I think of someone trying to be non-chalant about entering a brothel. Lol.

    Next time, get a picture from in front of W-L, you’ll see fewer trash cans, more posters and pollsters.

  • Green Gnome

    The guy walking into the polling place looks like Rodney Kite.


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