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As voters head to the polls in Virginia today, there are some signs that the increased political interest from the 2008 election is continuing, at least in Arlington County.
Jonathan Wilson
As voters head to the polls in Virginia today, there are some signs that the increased political interest from the 2008 election is continuing, at least in Arlington County.

As voters head to the polls in Virginia today, there are some signs that the increased political interest from the 2008 election is continuing, at least in Arlington County.

Linda Lindberg, the County's general registrar, said voters have cast more than 4,500 absentee ballots this fall.

That's nothing like last year, when 34,000 people cast absentee ballots in Arlington. But it is a thousand more absentee ballots than the county saw in the 2005 governor's race and Lindberg said the Obama-McCain contest has something to do with that.

"A lot more people became aware that it was an option to them, so that explains that increase," said Lindberg.

Lindberg said there's increased interest in volunteering at the polls as well. Generally the registrar's office has to recruit people to work at precincts during gubernatorial elections.

"We don't have to do any recruiting in Arlington when it's a presidential election year, and there was enough carryover this year that we didn't have to do any recruiting this year as well," said Lindberg.

The county will be using 400 fewer volunteers to work the polls than it did for the 2008 election.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

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