Your Local Elections HQ: What Drives Voters at the Polls in the New River Valley?


BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Millions of voters across the Commonwealth are bracing for big decisions.

From gasoline and groceries to education, there are a lot of issues on the table that impact the lives of many people.

WFXR News has taken to the streets to talk to potential voters about their concerns hours before the polls open.

“For the governor candidate, I wanted to make sure I had my say. It’s very polarized and I felt I had to vote on it,” said voter Judy Deal.

Deal says she is more than ready to vote and that she’s not the only Blacksburg resident ready to leave. With polls showing that many races are neck and neck, every vote counts.

“I still vote every year. I feel like it is my duty to vote as a citizen, but this year I feel like the election is so close to the point where I feel compelled to vote, ”said l Elector Joel McGlothlin.

McGlothlin also says he has two children in the public school system and his wife is a public school teacher – education is one of his deciding factors.

Besides education, another key topic that WFXR News voters spoke about was at the forefront of their concerns – especially with the closely watched governor’s race, was the economy.

“The economy is great. I think it’s frustrating because the gas prices have really hit me pretty hard. So I think it’s really important, ”said voter Benjamin Hellmann.

Polling stations open at 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning and will close at 7 p.m.

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