Live Blog: Virginia votes
Check back here throughout the night for the latest election news and results.
Barack Obama will be re-elected as president of the United States, CNN projects. He will win the critical swing state of Ohio, putting him over the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the White House
CBS News projects President Obama will win re-election
CBS News projects Obama wins Oregon
CBS News projects Obama wins Iowa
According to CBS Obama leads Romney in electoral votes 243-203. 270 are needed to win.
CBS News projects California, Hawaii & Washington St. for President Obama; Idaho for Gov. Romney.
CBSNews projects that President Obama wins New Mexico
Norfolk deputy registrar: Counting is going really slow
CBS News says Romney will win North Carolina
George Allen has conceded the Virginia senate race to Tim Kaine
Scott Rigell on win: ‘Excited and humbled’
CBS News projects Romney will win Arizona
CBS news now projecting Obama will win Minnesota
CBS News says Nevada is ‘likely’ to go for Obama
CBS News projects former Governor Tim Kaine will win the U.S. Senate race over George Allen.
CBSNews projects that Claire McCaskill defeats Todd Akin for Missouri’s Senate seat
Photo taken at Corporate Landing Middle as of 8:30 p.m.
CBS has now called Wisconsin and New Hampshire for President Obama.
CBS News now says New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Ohio all ‘lean Obama’
Scott Rigell is thanking his supporters after his victory.
Republicans will retain control of the House; President Obama projected to win Pennsylvania CBS projects.
CBS News projects Obama will win Pennsylvania
CBS News projects Republicans will keep control of the House of Representatives
Scott Rigell wins in 2nd district.
CBS News projects Romney will win Arkansas
CBS News projects Obama will win New Jersey
President Obama will win Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts and Rhode Island; Mitt Romney will win Oklahoma and South Carolina, CNN projects.
CNN projects Romney will win Georgia.
CNN projects Obama will win Illinois, Connecticut, Washington DC and Massachusetts
CNN Projects Romney will win South Carolina.
CBS projects Romney will win South Carolina.
In consultation with officials from both the Republican and Democratic Party, the Virginia State Board of Elections has agreed to pause reporting until 8:00pm to ensure voters still in line are not unduly influenced by preliminary results.
CBS News projects Romney will win West Virginia
CBS News projects Romney will win Indiana and Kentucky, Obama will win Vermont
Reminder! Polls close at 7pm in Virginia and 7:30 in North Carolina. If you are in line by the time the polls close you will be allowed to vote.
6:47pm. That’s when the last political ad of this election cycle will air on NewsChannel 3 😉
Laurie Simmons is following the long wait to vote at Bayside Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach
Long lines at London Bridge First Baptist Church in Virginia Beach:
Better late than never? People are still Googling ‘Who is running for President’
Reminder: If you are in line when polls close in Virginia at 7pm you will be allowed to vote – but you must be in line.
Starbucks, Olive Garden offer Election Day freebies
Watch NewsChannel 3 First @4 for more details on today’s voting lines and learn more about problems with ballots at some polling stations.
According to the City of Norfolk, the city was writing parking meter tickets this morning, but stopped around 11 a.m. All tickets written today will be voided.
Video of a voting machine altering votes in Pennsylvania has surfaced online.
According to the video’s description, the man and his wife went to a voting booth on Tuesday before work.
The polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. Any voter who is in line to vote at 7:00 p.m. will be able to vote. #Virginia
Laura Levine got to Greenbrier Middle School and found lines were outrageously long. Check out what she and another woman did to get things moving:
Jessica Larche just spoke with the Chesapeake registrar and has these updates on polling places in the city:
– Two additional laptops have been sent to Greenbrier Middle to help with vote check-ins, bringing the total there to four.
– An additional laptop has been sent to Cuffee, for a total of three.
– Two additional voting booths have been sent to both Greenbier Middle and Cuffee.
– Two more staff members have been sent to Greenbrier Middle.
Long lines reported at London Bridge Baptist Church in Virginia Beach.
It took Kurt Williams an hour to vote at his precinct at Glenwood Elementary.
Remember – polls close at 7pm in Virginia, and 7:30pm in North Carolina.
Is It Illegal To Instagram Your Vote? Virginia and North Carolina have different laws
Our sister station WTVR in Richmond shared this photo.
These guys all look pretty serious while voting.
Shouldn’t they already know who they are voting for?
Eric Levy reports that ballots from a different district were accidentally delivered to Yates Elementary School in Newport News.
Poll workers found and corrected the error after machines rejected the ballots and election workers were forced to count the wrong ballots by hand.
Election officials say if you voted on the wrong ballot at Yates and didn’t see the name of a specific candidate, you can return and vote on a provisional ballot that will be counted around noon tomorrow.
We’re hearing complaints from Greenbrier Middle School where people are being told it’s a four or five hour wait to vote.
In case you were wondering, here’s what members of the media are allowed to do at polling places today. Click here to learn more
On Election Day:
· Media representatives are permitted inside the polling place only when the polls are open (6:00am to 7:00pm).
· A 40-foot Prohibited Area surrounds the entrances to all polling places. Virginia law restricts various activities inside the Prohibited Area and polling place, including media activities. Election officials will clearly demarcate this Prohibited Area.
· Media representatives should contact the Chief Officer of Election upon entering the voting area. This person can authorize media representatives’ presence.
· Media representatives should be prepared to display media credentials or identification if requested by an officer of election.
· Discuss placement of cameras for photos and/or filming with the Chief Officer, as equipment should be placed so as not to show the faces of those attempting to vote or hinder the flow of voting.
· The length of any visit is restricted to a reasonable and limited period of time, and all representatives should leave immediately after completion of filming.
Permitted and Prohibited Activities:
· Virginia law limits media representatives’ permissible activity inside the Prohibited Area and polling place to filming or photographing.
· Interviews or taping of reporters’ remarks are prohibited inside the polling place and the Prohibited Area.
· There shall be no interviews or discussions with voters, election officials, authorized representatives, and others inside the Prohibited Area and polling place. Media representatives are prohibited from filming or photographing any person who specifically asks that he/she not be filmed or photographed.
· No filming or photographing may be performed in a way that divulges how any individual is voting.
· Representatives shall not film or photograph the voter list or any other voter record or material at the precinct in such a way that it divulges the name or other information concerning any individual voter.
· Media representatives shall not impede the voting process or the work of the polling place staff.
· Officers of election may require any person who is found by a majority of the officers to be in violation of the laws governing activities in the polling place to leave the polling place and the Prohibited Area.
· Please note that Virginia’s prohibitions concerning electioneering within the Prohibited Area and polling place also apply to media representatives. This includes, but is not limited to, wearing campaign apparel, handing out campaign literature, and urging the election or defeat of any candidate or issue on the ballot.
· The minimum penalty for any conduct found unlawful (and for which punishment has not otherwise been noted in the Code) shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor. (Va. Code § 24.2-1017) Questions or Concerns? Please contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-552-9745.
Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott will begin Election Day by voting at his home precinct in Newport News.
The remainder of the day will be spent at polling places in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Richmond and Petersburg. He will end the evening attending election night watch parties in Hampton and Richmond.
Attention Norfolk voters: If you hit the large print option on your touch screen voting machine you will not see all candidates for president on the first screen. We’ve received several complaints from voters who did this and were confused when they only saw Mitt Romney on the first screen.
Governor McDonnell and Mrs. McDonnell will vote at the Main Library at 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond at 10:30 this morning.
Attorney General Cuccinelli made the following statement today:
“As Virginia enters into Election Day, I want to urge every voter from every county and city to exercise your precious right to vote. In the attorney general’s office, we work diligently to preserve and protect that right. It’s important that today’s Virginians not take for granted the generations of sacrifice that have gone into delivering and preserving our right to choose the leaders of our own government. Many people around the world are not so blessed.”
Polls in Virginia will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. across Virginia.
Christopher Farms Elementary School – Voting in Virginia Beach
Residents’ voting histories showing up in neighborhood mailboxes
Virginia Beach-based first responders helping Sandy victims will be able to vote