After months of campaigning the main event is finally here; election day. Candidates have been busy meeting with constituents spreading the message to get out and vote.
"I've been knocking on doors four days a week. People have been making phone calls, and they seem ready to come out and vote today, and I'm really excited about it," said Charlottesville City Council candidate Kristen Szakos.
On November 5th, state and local offices are up for grabs all the way from a spot in the Governor's mansion, to seats on City Council. In Albemarle County, election officials expect as much as a 50 percent voter turnout. Residents say they feel their voices will be heard in this election.
"I think because it's a state election, my vote is really more potent and powerful," said voter Theandra Madu.
The polls at Carver Recreation Center in Charlottesville buzzed with early morning voters, and the gymnasium was packed later for the lunchtime rush. Residents wanted to make sure their opinions about who should govern were counted, and hoped others would do the same.
"If the issues facing this country are important to you at all, and you know what you believe and you want to make a difference, you better get off your couch and come vote," voter Benjamin Nissley.
Candidates waited outside the polls getting in some last minute campaigning, and also making sure everyone exercised their rights. Commissioner of Revenue candidate Todd Divers said residents in Charlottesville needed to fulfill their civic duty.
"People died for this right, this opportunity, that is also your duty," Divers said. "A lot of people around the world don't have this opportunity."