October 29, 2008
"We knew this very early in the year, when the February primary had so much interest, we realized that we would be dealing with record number of voters this year," said Rick Sincere of the Charlottesville Electoral Board.
The region signed up thousands of newly registered voters, nearly 6,000 in Albemarle County, and 9,000 in Charlottesville.
"We had 61% turnout in 2004 and that was pretty much record turnout for a presidential election, we're expecting perhaps 85% turnout," said Sincere.
Another indicator, the large amount of absentee ballots being submitted this election.
"For mail in absentee ballots, we have sent out 3,723, 2,145 of them have come back already," said William Harvey of the Albemarle County Electoral Board.
As officials continue their preparations for Tuesday, they have some suggestions for voters.
Best time to vote:
9am - 11:30am, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
No political paraphernalia
Know Polling Place
Bring Proper I.D.
Officials said they will make sure that everyone that's eligible, will have their vote counted.
"We will be conducting a transparent, fair, and clean election. people can be assured that their votes will be counted," said Sincere.
If you have any other questions just contact your local registrar or visit http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/ .