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Voter turnout likely to be low this year

Published 1:03pm Saturday, November 2, 2013

FRANKLIN—The three registrars for Western Tidewater aren’t expecting a notable turnout when voters go to the polls for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Southampton County Voter Registrar Peggy Davis said she has no idea what the turnout will be like that day.

Lisa Betterton, general registrar for Isle of Wight County, said her office is predicting a 40 percent turnout for voting.

Jennifer Maynard, the registrar for Franklin, said she’s heard conflicting reports in other media sources predicting as high as 40 percent.

“I can just base it on absentee voting, but it’s not going to be a high voter turnout,” said Maynard.

“I hope people vote,” she added.

The major race this year in Virginia is for governorship. Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who’s never held an office of any kind, faces Republican Ken Cuccinelli II, who has been attorney general under Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration. Libertarian Robert Sarvis is challenging the two men for the office.

Incumbents Franklin City Treasurer Dinah Babb and Franklin Commissioner of Revenue Brenda Rickman are each running unopposed.

In Isle of Wight, Rudolph Jefferson of Smithfield is the only person wanting the Hardy District seat for the Board of Supervisors, which belongs to JoAnn Hall, chairwoman; she announced earlier this year not to run again.

Incumbents Rex Alphin and Robert Eley are each unopposed for the Carrsville seats on the supervisors and school board, respectively.

Herb DeGroft, who has the Hardy District seat on the school board, changed his mind this past summer in seeking reelection. This came after the public revelation of controversial emails that he and Newport District Supervisor Byron “Buzz” Bailey had privately shared with co-workers. Both men were repeatedly asked to resign, but would not do so.

Alvin Webster Wilson and Tina Louise Hill, both of Smithfield, are vying for DeGroft’s chair when his term expires at year’s end.

Incumbent Del. Roslyn C. Tyler, a Democrat, is challenged for the 75th District seat by Republican Alvin L. Peschke. The district includes Isle of Wight, Southampton and Franklin.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

For a list of polling places, visit the following websites:

http://www.co.isle-of-wight.va.us/voter-registration/

http://www.southamptoncounty.org/voter-precincts.aspx

http://www.franklinva.com

For more information, visit www.sbe.virginia.gov

  • Kmart3008

    @employee2, ask yourself the same question. How can you not see this? No, disrespect to your parents however, the the mere fact that they can say “NO” to the division in this country speaks volume to me. It also answers why YOU are making the comments that you are…Also, at the ages of 78 & 80 they have lived through a heck of alot more physical abuse towards minorities in this country than there is today. Today, the abuse towards minorities is done through the SYSTEM (education,justice, work force, financial, etc) So, the denial is not with me, employee2 but with you and yours. @DryRain, in the voice of the peanut characters….Blah, Blah, Blah get over yourself.

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    • employee2

      Typical, you started it with your “I’ve never seen so much negativity against a President. Where have you been hiding? The protests and name calling against Bush were incredible. I also noticed when you stepped into the past, you only derided republicans. Your saint Obama is now on an apology tour over his lies about healthcare. I guess you believe that because he is the First black President that he is supposed to get a “pass” for his errors. Yes my parents lived through that era, and WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Affirmative action may have helped some get a boost up, but the Office of President does not fall under that category. Man up and do the job.

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    • employee2

      Here is a link for you if you think I make stuff up. It is video of the Oscars where they all make fun of Bush.

      http://eaglerising.com/2784/country-stars-mock-obamacare-cries-racism-ensue/

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  • Kmart3008

    I have never heard and/or read so much negativity towards a President of the United States before in my life. Granted, I have not lived through many of them. However to the best of my knowledge there has never been so many “ignorant” connotations made about a President before. I am sure we all remember the idiots that both George H & George W Bush were!! And, not to mention those morons Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin. Even though we have the 1st amendment to back us in our Freedom of Speech, the President of the United States deserves respect. President Obama has been disrespected on so many levels. The fact of the matter is President Obama would endure disrespect from some people, regardless…It is so admirable of him to be able to do his job inspite of the hatred he gets. He/We do know that the out right belligerent behaviors the Presidents withstands from his peers have little to do with how he is performing at his job, yafeelme

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    • employee2

      We never had one that divided the country with his actions or inactions like this one has either.

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      • Kmart3008

        For real,seriously…i mean seriously, you are joking…Hahaha and LOL’s…your comment is BULL CRAP!!!!! Division has always existed in this country. Thanks for the laugh tho:)

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      • DryRain

        Can’t argue with stupid, they will beat you with experience. Even the Democrats are starting to to keep their distance from Obama. People stick up for him but they can’t really tell you what if anything positive he has acomphished, but there is a very long list of things he not done. Meanwhile he is turning America into a second rate country with no morals, no direction, no honor, no money, no credibility and I am afraid we haven’t seen the worst of it yet. Be careful what you wish for, if may come true. They got what they wanted, now what are they going to do. Pay higher taxes, pay more for insurance, go from a full time job to a part time job with less pay, pay higher gas prices, security security taxes are going up, people on fixed incomes are screwed because of higher taxes, higher medical cost, higher insurance premiums, higher cost the heat homes, no pay raises to speak of, etc… I cannot think of anything positive that has come out of this White House Administration.

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      • employee2

        @Kmart3008 You do know denial s not a river in Egypt? How can you not see this? I am an independent voter and it is clear as a bell. I asked my Parents 80 & 78 if they ever remember a time where the country was as divided as we are now. Their answer “NO”.

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  • RACN35

    this very newspaper called McAuliffe a clone of Obama remember … vote for him leads to disaster

    http://www.tidewaternews.com/2013/11/02/terry-mcauliffe-is-obamas-clone/

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  • reasonablysane

    There needs to be a None of the above category. I’m betting None would win this year.

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  • DryRain

    Ken Cuccinelli is from Virginia holds office of Virginia’s Attorney General and respected by his peers.

    Terry McAuliffe is originally from Syracuse New York, never held any office. He has outspent Cuccinelli $25 to $1 on campaigning.

    Yes I did not put Democrat or Republican by their names, does it make a difference? Main stream media has already told us who will win and why, but the choice is really up to you.

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    • employee2

      Dryrain what are you doing up so early or late? 4:48Am?

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      • DryRain

        I get up early every morning, get my coffee, read news, go to work in Norfolk.

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  • yafeelme

    Of course it’s not going to be a high turnout. They don’t have to come outta nowhere and vote for that idiot president of ours this year.

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