Herndon voters headed to the polls on Tuesday to decide, not just Virginia's statewide races, but also a number of local races and a Fairfax County Public Schools bond referendum.
Elections officers said voter turnout was strong in Herndon, with roughly 20 to 25 percent of registered voters at each polling place casting their ballots before lunchtime.
Democrats in particular made a strong showing outside each polling place, handing out sample ballots and talking with voters headed in to cast their votes.
By 11:15 a.m., roughly 700 of the 4,238 voters at the Herndon Community Center had already cast their votes.
"The line has been absolutely steady all day," said poll chief Ulo Pulles around lunchtime, who said several voters were already waiting in line before the site opened at 6 a.m.
Pulles said voting at the community center precinct was going smoothly with little to no wait time for any voter.
Pulles added, "All of the campaigns seem to be behaving themselves so far," referring to the political parties' tables set up outside the community center. "At least compared to the 2012 presidential election."
Herndon Elementary School's polling place was also well-attended and running smoothly, with more than 800 of the 3,913 registered voters turning out before 11:30 a.m.
Election officer Joyce Taylor said the new electronic polling books and scanning of ballots instituted a few years ago have really helped streamline everything.
"Most people haven't had to wait in any line," she said. "It's really going smoothly."
HOUSE OF DELEGATES - 86TH DISTRICT
Herndon voters had a choice to make Tuesday, of who they want representing their town in the House of Delegates.
Vying for the seat were Tom Rust, the Republican incumbent who has held the seat since 2002; and first-time Democratic candidate Jennifer Boysko.
The delegate race garnered a large amount of attention in the area over the past several months. On Herndon Patch, readers have been posting countless letters to the editor on our Speak Out board. Click here to read some of them.
SEE THE FINAL TOTALS FOR THE DELEGATE RACE HERE.
FAIRFAX COUNTY SHERIFF:
The Sheriff of Fairfax County is responsible for overseeing the Adult Detention Center, serving civil process, and working in partnership with all local law enforcement agencies such as the Town of Herndon Police, City of Fairfax Police, Fairfax County Police and others.
There were four candidates for Sheriff of Fairfax County, though most of the attention in this race has been paid to Democrat Stacy Kincaid and Republican Bryan "BA" Wolfe.
READ THE FINAL TOTALS OF THE SHERIFF'S RACE HERE.
FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOND REFERENDUM:
On Tuesday's ballot is a $250-million bond referendum to improve Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).
The 2013 school bond referendum was selected by the FCPS School Board last May. It includes $42 million for new construction, $8.2 million for school expansion, and $276 million for school renovations. Subtracted from that total is $109 million left over from prior bond issues.
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