Voters, Workers Ready For Election

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- On Tuesday, eight people will vie for three open city council seats in Staunton.

"It dawned on me that it really matters what one person decides to do," said Ben Samuelson, who is registered to vote.

He is looking forward to casting his vote, "Each vote has a little bit more weight around here so I'm excited about voting tomorrow."

He and his co-worker, Emily Melvin, are working on an educational farm at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.

Samuelson considered how candidates view sustainability before he chose who he's voting for, "Like to see bike routes and some sort of thorough ways that sort of link the city up on bike only paths."

The local food movement is another draw as Samuelson and Melvin hope to sell some of their food to keep the farm going.

At the registrar's office, workers are hopeful they'll see more of a crowd than usual.

"Like to see 20 percent. That's low, but it would be high considering the past May election turnout," Amanda DiMeo, Staunton's registrarl registar.

In 2012, 11 percent of those registered voted; however, with the school board and the city council seats open, DiMeo is expecting more people to show up.

"A lot of times people will come in and say, I only vote for president, that's the only thing that matters. And that's not the case. The local is just as important, if not more important," said DiMeo.

Voter turnout is typically between 10 to 20 percent, but that's a trend that voters and city workers are hoping to change.

In Waynesboro, two city council and two school board seats are open.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both cities.


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