It's Not 2008, But Election Interest Still High In Arlington County | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

It's Not 2008, But Election Interest Still High In Arlington County

Play associated audio
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...

NPR

For Paul Cezanne, An Apple A Day Kept Obscurity Away

In the 1800s, still-life painting was the bottom feeder of the art world, but that's where the French painter chose to leave his mark. "I want to astonish Paris with an apple," he's said to have said.
NPR

From McDonald's To Organic Valley, You're Probably Eating Wood Pulp

Many processed foods contain cellulose, which is plant fiber that is commonly extracted from wood. It's used to add texture, prevent caking and boost fiber. And it's been around for ages.
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Democrats And Republicans Fight Over Investigating Senator's Resignation

Democrats and Republicans in Virginia are at odds over the value of investigating the state Senator Phil Puckett, who resigned last month to take a job at a state tobacco commission — and turned the Senate over to Republicans.
NPR

Hackers In China Reportedly Targeted U.S. Federal Workers

According to a report in The New York Times, hackers accessed U.S. government databases in March and apparently targeted files on employees who have applied for top-secret security clearances.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.