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Update: Long Poll Lines Order of the Day in Manassas, Manassas Park

More than 1,000 of the 3,600 registered voters at the Weems Precinct had voted before 10:30 a.m., according to voting officials.

At 7:30 p.m. the Virginia State Board of Elections announced it will "pause" reporting election returns until 8 p.m. due to long lines throughout the Commonwealth.

"In consultation with officials from both the Republican and Democratic Party, the Virginia State Board of Elections has agreed to pause reporting until 8:00pm to ensure voters are not unduly influenced by preliminary results," said an email from the SBE. "Results will commence shortly thereafter."

Long before the polls open at 6 a.m. on the crisp autumn morning of Election Day, more than 100 people queued in the parking lot of Weems Elementaryto cast their votes.

By 10:30 a.m. this morning, more than a 1,000 of the 3,600 people registered to vote at that precinct had cast votes, poll chief Mary Jo Dick said.

She's been working the polls for some 13 years and this is the most people she's seen, Dick said.

"It is very impressive," she said, looking out on the long lines that formed as more people flooded into the Weems gym. 

Even though there are only five machines and the lines are long, people moved in and out within an average of 20 mintues, poll workers said.

Mariella Gonzales said she voted for the very first time Tuesday. Orginally from Bolivia, Gonzales said she's been living in the U.S. for 10 years.

"It is my first time, so I brought help," she said, smiling down at her young daughter, Nirka Yala. "(I voted) to have a better president ... to have a better life in the future." 

Exiting Weems just behind Gonzales was 90-year-old Carmen Cabo, who brought an entourage of people with her to the polls.

"My country needs more people like me," she said.

"She was so cute, she said, 'I'm not dying until I vote,'" Joesphine Test, Cabo's daughter said.

Test said they voted because it was the right thing to do.

"I just think that we do need some change. If you feel a certain way about something, you shouldn't just say it at home, you should go out and vote," Test said.

In Manassas Park, several people apparently echoed Test's sentiments.

Crowds of people are the order of the day in the small city that boasts just two voting precincts—Manassas Park High School and the Manassas Park Community Center.

"We've had long lines, which is good," Manassas Park Voter Registrar Patricia Brendel said Tuesday morning.

Polls are open until 7 p.m.

Stay with Patch for more Election Day updates.

Phyllis Camper November 06, 2012 at 04:36 PM
There were long lines at Metz this morning. I arrived at 6:15am and thought to myself that the lines this year are longer than they were in 2008. It took about 30 minutes to vote. I'm happy to see people really getting out and exercising their rights, old and young alike.
gongdark November 06, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Won't believe anything until I hear and see Romney sworn in and obama is out.
Kris Day November 06, 2012 at 05:31 PM
It's wonderful to see people out voting in large numbers. We are blessed to live in a country where we elect our leaders. And government obeys the will of the people and transitions peacefully over to a new administration when voted out. Not predicting the outcome of the election - just glad for our peaceful process.
Rossie D. Alston, Sr November 06, 2012 at 05:59 PM
poll worker came to our rescue, directed us to the front door, and explained that we could vote from our car without going inside if we presented the proper ID. The poll worker was excellent; she brought the ballots to us; and instructed us to complete the ballots and let her know when we were finished. We enjoyed our voting experience. Rossie D. Alston, Sr
Michelle Rogers November 06, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Had a great experience this morning @ Manassas Park Community Center with our voting! Thank you... to all of the volunteers that came out EARLY in the morning to get things started for us. We are so blessed to live in such an awesome community let alone safe country. Alot of other countries in this world are not as fortunate as us, especially during election time. We have it really good! #lovemanassaspark

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