Kingstowne Voters Flock to Local Polling Places
Voters waited on long lines to cast their ballots in Kingstowne.
UPDATE (Nov. 6, 4:44 p.m.): Hayfield precinct had seen 1410 voters out of 2400 as of 4:30 p.m. According to Hayfield precinct chief Eddie Hemphill, there were long lines of up to an hour long that morning, and the precinct saw a lull around 2 p.m. The stream of voters is starting to pick up again.
Long lines were prevalent at Kingstowne polling places on Tuesday as voters lined up to cast their ballots.
Hayfield precinct chief Eddie Hemphill has volunteered as a chief since 1992. Hemphill told Patch the day had been busy, with 781 voters out of 2400 registered voters in that precinct casting their vote shortly after 11 a.m.
"The presidential elections are crazy and the small ones are boring, long days," Hemphill said.
He predicted that turnout would reach 85 percent of registered voters in the Hayfield precinct by the time the polls close Tuesday night. So far, he reported, there were no problems despite the long lines.
Meanwhile, at Hayfield High School, two long lines snaked through the lobby of the school as voters in the Kingstowne precinct and the Villages precinct waited to cast their votes.
Chief election officer Joseph Malley of the Kingstowne precinct reported 819 voters out of 3500 registered voters as of 10 a.m. Chief election officer Terry Bittenbinder reported 1199 voters out of 3400 registered voters in the Villages precinct around 11:30 a.m.
"We've had a good turnout," Bittenbinder said. "It's been fabulous."
Volunteer Brenda Huber arrived at Hayfield Elementary School at 5:20 a.m. She decided to volunteer because she had the day off and she wanted to help voters out.
"I get to see a lot of my neighbors," Huber said. "I've lived here for almost 25 years and you get to know them."