Election Day

Tammy Baker receives an “I voted” sticker from the precinct chief after casting her ballot at the Keeling polling precinct at Oak Grove Baptist Church.

A myriad of candidate signs marked the majority of polling stations throughout the Dan River region, where residents streamed in and out to cast their ballots throughout the day Tuesday. 

Under a cloudy, exceptionally bright blue sky, with yard signs for different candidates decorating the lawn around him, Ben Seales passed out campaign cards for Dustin Evans - the Libertatian candidate for Virginia House of Delegates race for District 16 - during the early afternoon Tuesday. He said wasn't too much vocal support from the voters he'd talked to throughout the day for Evans or his incumbent opponent, Republican Les Adams, either way.

“Everyone’s been super friendly,” he said.

Voters came out hoping to make an impact and make their voices heard. 

“I think the state of Virginia is in a crisis and it’s headed in the wrong direction... we need to turn it around,” said Jerry Hawkins as he left the West Blairs precinct polling station. 

“We vote in every election," added his wife Mary Hawkins. "If we don’t, then we can’t complain and we can’t be happy either."

During the beginning of the after-work rush at the Kentuck precinct polling station, located at Dan River High School, Kelly Williams explained her reasoning for voting. 

“I just think that there’s some changes that need to be made," she said. "We definitely need to make sure that we vote so that those changes can be made.”

“I feel like I contributed. I feel like hopefully I made a difference," she added. 

While some voters wanted change, others wanted to keep things moving in the current direction. 

“I really don’t want to see a whole lot of change," said Adam Morris as he left the Kentuck polling precinct. 

In conversations with the Danville Register & Bee, other voters described the opportunity that voting affords as reasons for them being there. 

While leaving the Motley Community Center, the precinct for the Motley Sycamore precinct, Ted Waller, an African-American, said voting is particularly important for people of his race.

“Anyone who has the privilege to vote should do so,” he said. 

Voters felt like they were making an impact on the overall result. 

"We are able to put what we want," said Lauren Morris while at the Kentuck precinct polling station. 

Joe Doss, a precinct official at West Blairs, said the influx of voters was heavy but slowed down in the afternoon. Sally Holloway, chief for the Kentuck precinct, said the flow of voters was consistent, often with groups of voters entering at once. 

"It's been steady like this all day long," she said. 

Bailess, said the day had very few hiccups. One issue was a laptop keyboard malfunctioning at the Stony Mill precinct early Tuesday morning, but she had resolved the issue by 8.m.

Another issue, she said, was confusion about location. 

“It’s just been folks are not really sure where to go vote," she said. 

A misprinted location for the Mt. Hermon precinct in a newspaper and precincts that have changed their location -- such as the West Blairs precinct switching from the Blairs Fire Department to the White Oak Worship Center -- contributed to the confusion, Bailess said. 

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Ayers reports for the Register & Bee. Reach him at (434) 791-7981.

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