© 2022
Virginia's Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Earlier Primary Date Could Cause Some Traffic Issues

voting_rights_3002112985_80b5a719b1.jpg

Officials around the state are warning voters that the upcoming Democratic primary could produce traffic jams at some locations.

Virginia’s primary election is usually held after schools have closed for the summer, but this year the Board of Elections Secretary in Albemarle County says many will still be in session.

“Normally school is closed for Election Day in November.  June not necessarily so, although it hasn’t been a problem for a good while, because school has let out before the June primary.  Our June primary is a bit early this year – June 8th, and the schools – many of them – are not out yet.

Jim Heilman adds that the pandemic led many parents to stop putting their kids on school buses.  As a result, the number being dropped off and picked up by car jumped from 100 to 400 at one of the largest polling places in his county. 

That could mean traffic jams and trouble parking, so Heilman and other election officials are urging voters to cast their ballot early at the office of the local registrar or by mail.

Sandy Hausman joined our news team in 2008 after honing her radio skills in Chicago. Since then, she's won several national awards for her reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Radio, Television and Digital News Association and the Public Radio News Directors' Association.