By Carla Branch

Election Day at Mt. Vernon Recreation Center (Photo: Katie Smythe)

Despite the rain, Alexandrians are coming to the polls in larger numbers than in 2017. At noon, including in-person absentee ballots and mailed absentee ballots that have already been received by the Registrar’s Office, 42,455 Alexandrians have voted, which is 45.02% of Active Registered Voters.

The Mt. Vernon Recreation Center precinct had the highest voter turnout at noon, with 1710 people voting. Mt. Vernon was followed closely by George Washington Middle School with 1666 votes cast and Lee Center with 1519 votes cast. Matthew Maury has seen steady voting and, at noon, had 1160 voters today.

Voting at Mt. Vernon Recreation Center (Photo: Katie Smythe)

There was a line at George Washington Middle School at 5:30 this morning, 30 minutes before the polls opened. By the time the first voters voted, there were more than two dozen people waiting.

Alexandria voters will notice that City Council candidates are not identified by political party. The first two City Council candidates on the ballot are Republicans; the next six candidates are Democrats; and the final candidate is an Independent. School Board candidates are non-partisan. 

The polls will remain open until 7:00 p.m. Anyone who is in line at that time will be permitted to vote.

Editor's Note: has reported turnout numbers for 2018 and 2017, in which turnout was the highest in a nonpresidential election. However, 2018, which is sometimes being compared to 2014, would not be an appropriate comparison in Alexandria as there were no local races that year. City Council and School Board elections were moved from May to November in 2012, and occur on three-year cycles.