Election Day

By: Amy Gleason
By: Amy Gleason

It's an off-off year election and very few will be hitting the polls. Experts estimate only 1.5-million Virginia voters will bother.

In Harrisonburg, 320 new voters have registered in the last month. Four hundred two registered during the same time period last year. The one thing that could draw a good crowd of local voters to the polls is the bond referendums.

"Since JMU has such a great stake in it, it could cause a higher turnout in comparison to areas that aren't as affected by it," said Dr. Bob Roberts, political analyst.

He believes the referendums have a lot of support. What we should really watch out for are the Northern Virginia - Tidewater tax referendums because it could mean higher taxes for us.

"If those tax referendums pass, there is a good chance that legislators might impose additional cigarette taxes or taxes on alcohol," added Roberts.

He says that's because it would give tax lobbyists more incentive to push higher taxes. But he says an even bigger concern is races not even close to the Valley.

"If the republicans get hold of the senate, it could have a profound impact on policy," said Roberts.

Pres. Bush could get his tax cuts, or if a Supreme Court Justice retires, he or she could get a more conservative replacement.

"But, if democrats get hold of the senate and get control of the house," added Roberts, "Bush literally can't do anything for the next two years."

Election day is Nov. 5. Stay tuned to TV-3 for all of your election coverage.

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