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Long Voter Lines Only Due to Heavy Turnout

The machines were used to full capacity, Tony Guiffrey from the Office of Voter Registration and Elections said.

The two to four hour wait that many voters have experienced today while waiting at various precincts is solely due to heavy turnout, according to the Prince William County Office of Voter Registration and Elections.

"A lot of voters showed up," PWC Registrar representative Tony Guiffrey said. "They were all processed, and in going through each of the precincts, the electoral board members noticed that the voting machines were used to full capacity." 

Guiffrey praised the voters for being the "most polite and jovial people I've seen in my entire life," despite having to wait in lines that were 200 to 300 people long.

"Kudos to Prince William County voters for making it easy for the election officers," Guiffrey said. 

Earlier this evening, the Virginia State Board of Elections made the decision to suspend reporting election results until 8 p.m. so as not to influence voters with early results. All voters who lined up by 7 p.m. will be able to vote. 

According to the Code of Virginia, precincts are required to have one electronic voting machine per 750 registered voters. 

Check out the Woodbridge and Lake Ridge results pages for local results as they come in.

Dwayne & Maryanne Moyers November 07, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Long voter lines are due to the worst work commute in the country, and the unrealistic approach of trying to squeeze the electorate into one day of voting. Citizens rushing home from work to vote to be in line by 7:00 p.m. made tonight a predictable event.
Lauren Jost November 07, 2012 at 01:59 AM
I bet the commute had something to do with when people can show up to vote. But, what we have seen throughout the day is, on average, an hour wait time to vote in precincts across Eastern PWC.
Davin Peterson November 07, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Problem is that they don't have enough machines. I voted at Kilby and they had only 3 machines, wereas Fred Lynn had 6 according to an article.
Earnie Porta November 07, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Hopefully Mr. Guiffrey's comment, reported above, that "a lot of voters showed up," does not end up being the Electoral Board's ultimate explanation for the unacceptably long lines at a number of precincts. According to the State Board of Election's web site, votes cast in Prince William County for President were actually less than those cast in 2008, so it seems the Electoral Board should have been prepared for the turnout. Assuming they were not simply incompetent, they must have another explanation. A quick glance shows that the county has more precincts in 2012 than in 2008, so perhaps election officials simply misjudged the expected turnout at some of the new or redrawn precincts. Regardless, there are a number of questions that should be addressed. For example, did elections officials have additional machines to accommodate the additional precincts, or did they just re-allocate the existing machines? If the latter, why? Did they seek funding for new machines that was not provided? What particular precincts saw the longest lines and were they due to machine malfunction (I received a number of reports of this on election day), the paucity of machines, or a shortage of personnel? My interaction with elections officials has always been positive--they are extremely hard-working and committed to doing a good job, and I am glad voters seemed to understand that delays were not their fault. Somewhere up the line, though, something seems to have gone wrong.
Jesus James Alvarez November 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM
I got into the line at 5pm and did not leave my voting precinct until 7:30pm. It was my first time voting in a presidential election and it was the best two and a half hours ever spent.
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