VB election officials expect heavier than usual turnout this Election Day


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach is preparing for Election Day.

Al Ablowich, the chairman of the electoral board, said that 1,300 people will be working 100 polling precincts to make sure the day goes smoothly.

“It’s been very busy for this type of an election,” said Ablowich, who’s been chair for nine years.

Absentee voting ended on Saturday and Ablowich said they saw heavy turnout.

“We’ve had approximately 6,800 in person absentee and 7,200 by mail. We have two more days to process,” he said.

Because of that turnout, they expect a heavier than usual voter presence for this midterm election and want voters to be ready.

Ablowich says they can do that by bringing the correct form of photo ID and knowing what’s on the ballot ahead of time. He said that selecting names and amendments can cause lines to form if you haven’t done background research.

“It can cause a delay and backup with people who aren’t familiar with what’s on the ballot and wait to get into the voting booth to make that determination,” he said.

Virgina Beach has also added two new polling precincts-one in Sandbridge, the other in Salem Woods.

Ablowich said there’s a precinct for every 5,000 registered voters and once a precinct nears 4,500, they spilt it in two.

Polls open at 6 am and close at 7pm but if you are in line by 7pm, you can vote.

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