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Voters go to polls Tuesday

Months and months of campaigning will culminate Tuesday when the nation’s registered voters go to the polls to select the next president of the United States.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Long lines are anticipated, but all voters in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot regardless of the time he or she reaches the voting booth, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections.
Pulaski County registered 1,070 new voters this year, and the state racked up 436,155 new registrants in time to vote in the Nov. election. In fact, statewide registrations passed the 5 million mark for the first time this year, with 5,021,993 voters on the registration books.
According to Associated Press, SBE officials said, “It is by far the largest jump in voter registration” the state has recorded.
Pulaski County Registrar Kathy Webb said 21,373 local citizens are registered to vote Tuesday. That is 742 more voters than were registered for the last presidential election in 2004.
Although Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain are the two main candidates for president, voters may be surprised to see a number of other candidates on the ballot.
As in previous years, consumer activist Ralph Nader is seeking the presidency as an Independent candidate, Chuck Baldwin represents the Independent Green Party, Bob Barr is running as a Libertarian, and Cynthia McKinney is the Green Party candidate.
Vice presidential candidates (along with their running mates) are Joe Biden (Obama), Sarah Palin (McCain), Darrell L. Castle (Baldwin), Wayne A. Root (Barr), and Rosa Clemente (McKinney).
Other races that will appear on the ballot countywide include U.S. Senate and an uncontested race for Ninth District Representative.
Candidates seeking to fill the seat of Sen. John Warner, who will retire this year, include two former governors — Republican James S. “Jim” Gilmore III and Democrat Mark R. Warner. Other Senate candidates are Glenda Gail Parker for the Independent Green Party and Libertarian William B. Redpath.
Ninth District Congressman Rick C. Boucher is unopposed in this year’s race.
The county’s 12 precincts are housed in eight locations throughout the county. They are as follows:
CLOYD DISTRICT
•Belspring Precinct – Belspring United Methodist Church, 7639 Stillwater Drive.
•New River Precinct – Fairlawn Fire Department, 7358 Peppers Ferry Blvd.
•West Cloyd Precinct – New River Valley Fairgrounds, 5581 Fair Grounds Circle.
DRAPER DISTRICT
•Draper Precinct – Draper Fire Department, 4380 Academy Street.
•South Pulaski Precinct – Central Gym, 143 Third Street, N.W.
•Newbern Precinct – Dublin Lions Club, 100 Lions Club Drive.
INGLES DISTRICT
•Dublin Precinct – Dublin Lions Club, 100 Lions Club Drive.
•Hiwassee – Hiwassee Fire Department, 2273 Julia Simpkins Road.
•Snowville Precinct – Snowville Elementary School, 4858 Lead Mines Road.
MASSIE DISTRICT
•Massie Precinct – Central Gym, 143 Third Street, N.W.
•Walker Precinct – New River Valley Fairgrounds, 5581 Fair Grounds Circle.
ROBINSON DISTRICT
•Robinson Precinct – Central Gym, 143 Third Street, N.W.

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Voters go to polls Tuesday

Months and months of campaigning will culminate Tuesday when the nation’s registered voters go to the polls to select the next president of the United States.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Long lines are anticipated, but all voters in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot regardless of the time he or she reaches the voting booth, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections.
Pulaski County registered 1,070 new voters this year, and the state racked up 436,155 new registrants in time to vote in the Nov. election. In fact, statewide registrations passed the 5 million mark for the first time this year, with 5,021,993 voters on the registration books.
According to Associated Press, SBE officials said, “It is by far the largest jump in voter registration” the state has recorded.
Pulaski County Registrar Kathy Webb said 21,373 local citizens are registered to vote Tuesday. That is 742 more voters than were registered for the last presidential election in 2004.
Although Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain are the two main candidates for president, voters may be surprised to see a number of other candidates on the ballot.
As in previous years, consumer activist Ralph Nader is seeking the presidency as an Independent candidate, Chuck Baldwin represents the Independent Green Party, Bob Barr is running as a Libertarian, and Cynthia McKinney is the Green Party candidate.
Vice presidential candidates (along with their running mates) are Joe Biden (Obama), Sarah Palin (McCain), Darrell L. Castle (Baldwin), Wayne A. Root (Barr), and Rosa Clemente (McKinney).
Other races that will appear on the ballot countywide include U.S. Senate and an uncontested race for Ninth District Representative.
Candidates seeking to fill the seat of Sen. John Warner, who will retire this year, include two former governors — Republican James S. “Jim” Gilmore III and Democrat Mark R. Warner. Other Senate candidates are Glenda Gail Parker for the Independent Green Party and Libertarian William B. Redpath.
Ninth District Congressman Rick C. Boucher is unopposed in this year’s race.
The county’s 12 precincts are housed in eight locations throughout the county. They are as follows:
CLOYD DISTRICT
•Belspring Precinct – Belspring United Methodist Church, 7639 Stillwater Drive.
•New River Precinct – Fairlawn Fire Department, 7358 Peppers Ferry Blvd.
•West Cloyd Precinct – New River Valley Fairgrounds, 5581 Fair Grounds Circle.
DRAPER DISTRICT
•Draper Precinct – Draper Fire Department, 4380 Academy Street.
•South Pulaski Precinct – Central Gym, 143 Third Street, N.W.
•Newbern Precinct – Dublin Lions Club, 100 Lions Club Drive.
INGLES DISTRICT
•Dublin Precinct – Dublin Lions Club, 100 Lions Club Drive.
•Hiwassee – Hiwassee Fire Department, 2273 Julia Simpkins Road.
•Snowville Precinct – Snowville Elementary School, 4858 Lead Mines Road.
MASSIE DISTRICT
•Massie Precinct – Central Gym, 143 Third Street, N.W.
•Walker Precinct – New River Valley Fairgrounds, 5581 Fair Grounds Circle.
ROBINSON DISTRICT
•Robinson Precinct – Central Gym, 143 Third Street, N.W.

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