The voters of Botetourt County are exercising the right to vote in the 2012 Presidential (and other) elections. At two precincts this morning lines had formed by the time the polls opened at 6 a.m. At Rainbow Forest precinct in the Blue Ridge District a line had formed and at Lord Botetourt High School in the Amsterdam District, a line snaked through the old gym as voters waited patiently to cast ballots.
Billy Martin and Steve Clinton two Supervisors not up for re-election, but worked the crowd outside the polls for a steady stream of voters in Blue Ridge and Amsterdam. Both Republicans, they seemed very pleased with the turnout. Martin, accompanied by his granddaughter Alexis Martin said, “The polls have been well attended here at Colonial and also over at Rainbow Forest voters are coming out.” He will be at the polls in Blue Ridge 12 hours today. He was handing out information and explaining the two constitutional amendments to all who would listen prior to going into vote.
Botetourt Electoral Board members John Rader, Buck Hartwell and Lisa Martin came to Colonial to see how voting was going. They will travel all day long to see precincts in action.
At the Cloverdale Precinct at RMMS, Precinct Captain Wanda Miller was very pleased with how smoothly voting was going this morning. By 10 a.m. 890 voters had touched the voter screens to cast ballots. Free Flu vaccines from the VDH had been administered to 120 people by 10 a.m. as well.
At Lord Botetourt traffic flowed in and out of the parking lot. At 8 a.m. 560 voters had already voted. Clinton said , ” It has been steady all morning. A good turnout.”
Here are some other timed totals.
9 a.m. Blue Ridge District Colonial Elementary 626.
Buchanan Elementary 320
Springwood(at JRHS) 285
Eagle Rock 233
10 a.m. Glen Wilton 155
Stay tuned for more election coverage through out the day. The polls remain open til 7 p.m. Voters must be in line prior to closure.