Live Updates: City of Fredericksburg Heads to the Polls

Residents are voting Tuesday for president, senate, house and school board candidates and two proposed Virginia Constitutional amendments.

Update 4:30 p.m.

Several voters at Precinct 402 at VFW Post 3103 received provisional ballots on Tuesday.  The voters reported changing their address at the Fredericksburg DMV Customer Service Center, but say they never received an updated voter registration card.  “DMV had not done its job,” said Precinct 402 Captain Diane Wilson.  She said usually DMV offices share updated records with voter registration.

She admitted, though, the voters also failed to do their part. “You should always verify your voter registration at least 30 days before any election,” she said.  “When these people did not receive a new voter registration card in the mail, they should have called,” she said.  Wilson said the Commonwealth sent new voter registration cards to all registered Virginia voters in 2012.

Voter turnout in Precinct 402 has been good.  "It's busier than any other election," said Wilson.

Update 1 p.m.

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Update 12:15 p.m.

Voter turnout at the Dorothy Hart Community Center (Precinct 201) has been good all morning, according to Assistant Precinct Chief Jeanette Cadwallender. As of 11:35 a.m., 1,464 of the precinct’s 4,261 registered voters had cast a ballot, Cadwallender said.

First-time voters Sabia Prescott, Alyssa Hellman, Valerie Thatcher and Mary Lupinacci were all smiles as they left the community center. The University of Mary Washington students said voting is an important right and responsibility. 

"Everyone's vote really does matter, especially in this election, because it's going to be close," said Lupinacci. 

Editor's Note: Check back throughout the day for reports from the City's other polling locations.

Update 9:15 a.m.

The Virginia State Board of Elections reminds voters that in 2012 changes were made to Virginia's voter identification laws. Voters must have proper identification with them at the polls, or they will be given a provisional ballot. The State Board of Elections provides a list of acceptable forms of I.D. on their website.

You also must be registered to vote.  You may check your registration status at Virginia's Election and Registration Information System (VERIS).

This unfortunate story was reported from our area on Twitter:  @mattrathbun "2 baby boomers came in to vote & were upset to find they were supposed 2 register beforehand. Sad."

Update 8 a.m.

Fredericksburg residents report on Twitter the voting lines at the City's five precincts are long, and at times parking is hard to find, but the lines are moving well.

Fredericksburg resident RT @WinningShotsMOsays 'process was quick at Dorothy Hart' 

@mattrathbun "I’m happy with long lines and no parking! It means folks showed up."

@MollyLinn 7:51 Done! #vote #fxbgvotes

L.G. said on Facebook, "I was number 14 at the Dorothy Hart Community Center!"

And then a little humor: @Aaron_Spicer "Dear Instagram, I get it. U voted. Now can we go back to posting pictures of our dogs and food?"

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Note: Come back to Patch after the polls close for updated City of Fredericksburg precinct-by-precinct results.

virginia November 06, 2012 at 02:57 PM
A friend of mine in Lee Hill area went to vote early this morning and was turned away due to problems with poll station. They told her it would be 3 hours before they were up and running........not good when that is your only time you can vote! Is this the only poll place having issues?
Lauren Jost November 06, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Virginia, Susan is making the rounds at the City of Fredericksburg polls today. So far, those precincts have not reported issues.
virginia November 06, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Thanks Lauren, I found out it was Lee Hill Elem. and it was around 6 or 7 this am. No other problems except that at Spotsylvaina High one of their machines would stop working after 12- 15 votes were done. If a poll station does have a problem and you dont get to vote, what other choice would the voter have if any?
Lauren Jost November 06, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Usually, there will be paper ballots as a "back up" plan in case of emergency or machine failure.
Jermaine November 06, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I was at Lee Hill elementary this morning at 6am and waited in line for 45 minutes with about 90 other people just to find out the machines were broke and they only had 50 paper ballets that were already used so it was either wait in the cold or come back later. I received a text alert around 8:30am saying the machines were back up and running so I will try again after work.
Lauren Jost November 06, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Jermaine, keep us posted!
virginia November 06, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Thanks for the post Jermaine. My friend was told to come back later but she cant get off of work in time. Just curious, shouldnt these machines have been checked before today? I know they arent used often but the days there are needed, they are important! Good luck.
Lauren Jost November 06, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Here's the info I have from Spotsy about the precinct issues: http://fredericksburg.patch.com/articles/two-spotsylvania-county-precincts-report-ballot-issues
Jermaine November 06, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I'm back at Lee Hill Elementary, besides the long line it appears the machines are working normally! I just wish they would've given a ticket or something to get to the front since we got turned away this morning after waiting almost an hour.
Lauren Jost November 06, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Great, Jermaine! Glad to hear things are running smoothly.


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