At 1 PM today, I stopped by the Massanetta Springs precinct, the largest and typically busiest precinct in all of Rockingham County. Unlike with most primaries and general elections, the parking lot was sparsely occupied and none of the four Democratic campaigns had volunteers or staff handing out materials to the voters as they went inside. At that time, turnout was exceedingly low, 44, or slightly less than 1% of the registered voting population.
From there, I traveled to the Keister Elementary precinct in Harrisonburg, my polling place. Again, the scene was the same as it was in Rockingham County, rows of empty parking spots and absolutely no one outside asking for my support. At about 1:10, I registered as voter number thirty-two, which is about 1% of their registered voter total. Not only was there no line in front of me, but also there was no one else voting at that same time. I spent a few moments chatting with the various poll workers. Having served as election official in a previous election, I know that they ware in for a particularly long and boring day.
Although I am not a member of any Democratic Party, I did find it curious that none of the campaigns sent me any mailings over the duration of the primary season. After all, my voting history shows that I have voted in a handful of Democratic contests over the years, such as the 2004 Democratic Presidential Primary, the 2006 U.S. Senate Primary, and the previous 2009 statewide contests.
Yes, turnout is low in this part of the state today and given that fact, my prediction for the outcome remains the same. Aneesh Chopra should win the LG race by a small margin over Northam, while Mark Herring will enjoy a convincing victory for AG over Fairfax.