Residents in the 38th and 39th districts re-elected Democrats Kaye Kory and Vivian Watts Tuesday.
In the 38th district, Kory beat Independent Green Party challenger James Leslie 74 percent to 24 percent. Kory received 11,718 of the votes while Leslie received 3,869 of the votes with all 19 precincts reporting.
Watts easily retained her seat in Richmond, receiving 93 percent, or 16,182 of the votes to the 6 percent write-in votes.
In the 53rd District, which includes parts of Mason District, residents elected Democrat Marcus Simon to the House of Delegates.
The 53rd District gets most—82 percent—of its residents from Fairfax County. Simon will take over a seat held by Jim Scott, who served in the House of Delegates from 1992 to 2013.
Election Day in Annandale
Annandale residents took to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes for statewide and local elections.
Many residents saw long lines at the polls early in the morning, but the lines moved quickly, according to election officials at local precincts.
"It's been fun," said Chief Election Officer Thomas Brett at Precinct 513 Saint Albans at Saint Albans Church. "As expected, we had a mob around 6 a.m., but it trickled down after about 30 minutes."
Brett said the use of electronic ballot books this year compared to the paper ballot books has been helpful in confirming which district voters live in before they receive their ballots. The official ballots, Brett said, look similar, but are each printed on different colored paper. Poll workers are also being careful when handing voters their ballots, Brett said.
Another helpful change at precinct 513, where about 87 people had voted by 7 a.m., this year are the election pages from local high schools assisting election officials.
One student from Robert. E Lee High School said he was enjoying the experience of working as a page on Election Day.
"It just seemed cool," said Robin Rojas, 17, about why he decided to volunteer. Rojas took a two-hour, one-day class to learn about the election process and he received a grade toward his community service hours.
Although he is not yet able to vote, Rojas said he's looking forward to his first voting experience.
"So far, it's been a lot of fun and it's been an interesting process to watch," said Rojas.
Steady Voter Turnout Continues Throughout the Day
A little drop in temperature didn't stop the lunch crowd and late afternoon Annandale residents from hitting the polls once the morning rush died down.
"It's been light and steady all day," said Chief Election Officer John D. Evans at precinct 507 Lincolnia at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, just outside of Annandale. The precinct reported around 696 voters had stopped as of 2:26 p.m.
Throughout the day, some voters over at precinct 106 Heritage at Braddock Elementary School complained about having to use the electronic scannable ballots, but Chief Election Officer Diana Worley said she explained that the touch screen booths were slowly being phased out.
"People think we're handing them a paper ballot, but those machines won't be around much longer, so we're encouraging people to use the electronic ballots," said Worley. The precinct reported around 710 voters had checked in just before 2:30 p.m.
Precinct 516 Weyanoke at Holmes Middle School reported around 610, or about 20 percent of registered voters had checked in to vote at the precinct by 1:53 p.m.