Vote today 6th Senate

LewisColemanToday’s the day! Yes, it’s cold out there but if you live in the 6th Senate district, please go out and vote day. The 6th encompasses part of Norfolk, all of Accomack, Northampton and Mathews counties, and the Chesapeake Beach precinct in Virginia Beach. Vote at your regular polling place. If you are not sure if you are in the 6th, please use the lookup tool on the State Board of Elections website. (I’ve had contact with at least one voter today who thought he was in the 6th but wasn’t.)


16 thoughts on “Vote today 6th Senate

  1. I saw another blog this morning that questioned if it was “divine intervention to help Coleman win”. In reference I guess that it is thought more republicans will turn out to vote in cold weather then democrats. It will be interesting to see if that prediction is correct . I am always concerned about the low voter turn out anyway. It seems people either just don’t care or have just given up and think their voice doesn’t matter. It is to bad if people , on either nominees side, don’t turn out to vote because it is to cold for them. Because they will be living with that choice for quite a while.

    1. I would postulate that to the extent inclement weather is a factor in a state legislature special election, it would be a larger hindrance to the candidate with the worse positive intensity score as opposed to political identification.

      If this was a general election contest, I could see it disfavoring Democrats by virtue of having the most impact on precincts where the lines are usually longest–in other words, population-dense, urban areas over population-sparse, rural areas. Let’s face it, though, line length was never going to be a factor in this election, and easily-discouraged voters aren’t in anyone’s targeted universe for a contest this small.

  2. I was poll watching at Granby until 2:30pm and 261 people had voted up to that point. 2:1 margin , Dem:GOP. Then I went and voted at Ghent Square by 3pm and was number 133.

  3. I voted this afternoon around 2. Was the 147th voter in my precinct.

    FTR: Granby has almost three times as many registered voters as does Ghent Square (over 3500 at Granby versus about 1200 at Ghent Square). The totals you cite are about on par with what I projected turnout to be when I did my calculations last night.

    1. I was really surprised at the overall turnout. It was so cold that people’s drivers licenses were sticking to their fingers when they tried to hand them over. Some people even walked to go vote. I hope I can do that when I’m 80 and its 14 degrees outside.

  4. Hmm. Looks like there will be another recount in all likelihood. This is going to go down as the election cycle that put the sons and daughters of every attorney practice election law in Virginia through college.

  5. Last time I saw the results Lewis was up 22 votes. I thought Lewis would win by a safe margin.
    Does anyone know any local restaurants that serve crow?

  6. voter apathy has more to do with voter turnout than anything else, with that being said I believe if you do not vote you have no right to complain how your goverment is run!

  7. Vivian, We Dems were hampered by many things in our failure to achieve a mandate yesterday. Without going into party political choices, the tactics at the polls yesterday caught us unprepared. At Tarrallton there were two Republican observers seated directly behind the women taking care of the voters. One of them, in conversation with the poll chief declared himself to be an Independent, but he had had to ally himself with the Republicans because the Dems wouldn’t give him a pass to enter. Anyway, they were hooked up by computers and had a voter list. I don’t know if it was party specific. The checked names off as people declared their full names and interrupted the poll workers if the didn’t catch the voter response. During the afternoon, the poll chief said she was hearing from some voters that they had been called specifically to vote. Not the general call that the Dems attempted. The poll chief also said that many voters did not understand what the Republican observers were doing and what information was being taken and how it was being used. There were frequent discussion between the poll chief and the observers that were pretty contentious. She said that in a larger turnout, she would decline to work. The ‘independent’ left sometime after 4:00 PM to return to Richmond. The other observer said she was going to AJ Gators to drink. I waited for the count. Dave Crandall

    1. Yes, I saw the same at my precinct. There was a Republican observer but not a Democratic observer. And yes, they were checking off voters. They were also calling during the day, perhaps based on that. I got two calls before I headed to the polls.

      1. The lists were of identified Republican voters. The poll chief never should have let a so-called independent in as there was no independent candidate and the rules allow for only one person per poll book per candidate.

        I was doing the same thing at Granby precinct , the cut off was 2:30-3pm for people with paper sheets (which I had) and I would assume those with IPads synced to their online database stayed there all day. I was really surprised the Democrats didn’t have a similar operation considering the party and affiliated orgs must own hundreds of Ipads and the Coleman campaign had to rent theirs from a PAC.

        1. From the outside, it looks like the Dems mailed it in this time around. Some folks made a big deal about the fundraising for both candidates as published on VPAP, but a huge part of Coleman’s money edge seemed to come from the fact that the RPV and the Senate Republican causus was doing a lot of heavy lifting on his behalf (see the In-Kind reports), while Lewis listed some In-Kind from Planned Parenthood and essentially nothing else during the same reporting period.

          As of the end of December, the Senate Republican causus–excluding all other organizational elements of the RPV–provided about $320k to Coleman in In-Kinds and cash donations. Coleman had spent just this side of $600k total in itemized and in-kind expenses by that point, meaning the Senate caucus was providing better than one dollar out of every two spent going into the last week of the election. Lewis wasn’t getting anywhere near that level of support from the DPVA, and his individual fundraising wasn’t exactly anything to write home about.

          …then again, Lewis was heavily outspent but still (apparently) won. Republicans who concluded that the 2013 general election could be explained entirely by a fundraising disparity will have to reexamine their interpretation.

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