|People lined up to vote at mid-day at Mason Crest Elementary School in Annandale.|
Election volunteers at several Annandale precincts are reporting heavy turnout at the polls today, with long lines early in the morning.
Volunteer attorneys with the Democratic Party monitoring the polls at Braddock Elementary School said there were only a few problems with voting. As of 2:30 p.m., there were a couple of cases of voters not in the poll book because they moved and hadn’t registered at their current address or their name was misspelled, said attorney Katherine Gorove. In one instance, a first-time voter was given a ride to another polling place. She said three voters had to use provisional ballots, which are only counted if there is a recount.
There was one serious problem at Braddock, however. Catherine Hagerty was trying to get help for her boyfriend, Sgt. Henry Perez, who was sent to New York to help restore order after the widespread damage caused by last week’s storm. Perez had previously served two tours in Iraq and was deployed with the Army National Guard a few days ago to patrol downed wires in Westchester County, N.Y.
|Katherine Gorove (left), a volunteer election monitor for the Democrats, helps Catherine Hagerty (right) with a voting problem.|
“You try to figure out what to do and we weren’t given the right information, and now it’s too late,” said Hagerty. Gorove was hopeful that a solution could still be worked out.
|Representatives from both parties hand out sample ballots to voters at the Annandale Fire Station on Columbia Pike.|
|Members of the Poe Middle School orchestra sell baked goodies to voters.|
|When the Poe orchestra left, the school's Drama Department took over.|