Got to my precinct's polling place in Reston, Virginia about 1:30-ish this afternoon to see very few voters present. But this isn't surprising midday in Virginia's oddly traditional off-year election for governor.
What was surprising was that here in hi-tech Fairfax County, they've gone, at least in this election, back to the old paper ballots--which I haven't seen in this county since I moved here from Leesburg, VA in 1980 to the best of my recollection. As I recall, there was some bitching about the computers last time. But in point of fact, in a county that, alas, has been in the control of the Dems for at least a decade now, I have to be suspicious, as my friends on the left side of the aisle know how to mess with paper ballots if given half a chance.
The ballots were a little like an SAT test--you had to color in the oval of your candidate completely. You also then had to flip to the back to vote on a school bond referendum, something I suspect many voters will actually neglect to do, allowing the bond issue to slip through and get approved--although this county routinely and unquestioningly votes in favor of school bond issues all the time, giving the bureaucrats a blank check to increase their own salaries.
Irritatingly, although each ballot was provided in a plain manilla folder, you had to take it out of the folder and give it to a poll worker--no doubt a Democrat--to place in something that looked an awful lot like a paper shredder. My ballot slipped right into the machine--presumably a security device--and the poll worker had ample opportunity to look at how I marked it, although he was discreet. I don't like this at all as it violates, at least for me, the secrecy of the ballot, at least marginally.
Looks like the Republican slate will win easily this evening, thank goodness. Although my own precinct will probably go to the Dems as it has always done in recent history. So it goes. But for once, I can at least look forward to a decent outcome.