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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Plenty of sunshine for this Election Day, with highs climbing into the 70s.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your forecast, coming up.





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Voters in Roanoke are using the city's new electronic voting machines for the first time.
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[SUPER=203-Roanoke/This Morning]

So far today, no problems have been reported. At the precinct located at Patrick Henry High School, the process is said to be moving swiftly and smoothly. Officials say most importantly, voters should bring their identification to the polls. Also allow some extra time since high voter turnout is expected.
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State officials want all Virginians to feel safe when casting their votes today.
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[SUPER=203-Richmond;]

That's why the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness has spent months working with local registrars on appropriate levels of security.
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[SOT 15:08:35]
[IN Q=We've not had an event]

((GEORGE FORESMAN/COMMONWEALTH PREPAREDNESS DIRECTOR: WE'VE NOT HAD AN EVENT SINCE THE SEPTEMBER ELEVENTH ATTACKS WHERE WE'RE EXERCISING THAT CORE VALUE OF THE DEMOCRACY. THERE'S NOTHING MORE DEMOCRATIC IN THIS NATION THAN THE ABILITY OF PEOPLE TO FREELY CAST THEIR BALLOTS ON ELECTION DAY.))
[SUPER=201-George Foresman/Commonwealth Preparedness Director;]
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[OUT Q=ballots on election day.]
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Law enforcement in most localities will be on call and aware of polling locations, but for the most part it will be business as usual.
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Chesterfield County has caught some heat for its decision to have uniformed officers manning its precincts. Registrar Lawrence Haake (Hay-key) says he feels extra security is necessary because of the expected high voter turn out.
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Many Virginia Tech students plan to make their voice heard this election.
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In the 2000 election, only 36-percent of eligible voters 18 to 24 cast a ballot nationwide.
But this year, college students especially say they will vote in large numbers, many already have by absentee ballot.
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[SOT 2:42:22; 2:46:52]
[IN Q=I kinda just felt]

((ZACHARY BAILEY/VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT: I KINDA JUST FELT LIKE I WAS PART OF THE WHOLE SELECTION PROCESS OF THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, IT WAS KINDA FULLFILLING ACTUALLY.)) ((LAURA SEAMON/VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT: I WAS DEFINITELY EXCITED ABOUT VOTING AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE A SAY IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS.))
[SUPER=201-Zachary Bailey/Virginia Tech Student; :00]
[SUPER=201-Laura Seamon/Virginia Tech Student; :07]
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[OUT Q=political process]
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Virginia Tech students tell us the most important issues to them are the economy and the war with Iraq.
A study by Harvard University found that 72-percent of college students nationwide plan to vote this year.
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Some future voters had a chance to cast ballots for president this year.
At Lee Waid Elementary School in Franklin County, George Bush won in a landslide over John Kerry, 214 to 174.
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[SUPER=203-Roanoke]


The results were a lot closer at Fallon Park Elementary in Roanoke.
Kids from kindergarten to grade five went to the polls yesterday.
This time, Kerry came out ahead of Bush, by just TWO votes.
But there are NO plans for a recount.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
One more day of unseasonably mild temperatures-- then more normal weather returns.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the seven day outlook, coming up.

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Election day got off to a rocky start at the Troutville, Rainbow Forest Baptist Church and Glen Wilton precincts in Botetourt County.
According to Rob Hagen, who's the Secretary of Electoral Board, says the computers were not set into a quote "pre-election mode".
Because of security reasons, poll workers were not able to re-set the machines. They they had to wait for the proper magnetic card to allow a reset. By 6:30 a.m., the machines were up and running. Prior to that, poll workers used as many paper ballots as were available. About 10 voters reportedly were not able to wait and had to leave.
Election officials hope they will return later today to cast their ballots.

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News 7 will bring you live election day coverage on all our newscasts today. C-B-S coverage begins at 6:30 tonight. Once the polls close in Virginia at 7:00, we'll have live local updates every 30 minutes.
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[Take WDBJ Web FS #E22]

We'll bring you updated numbers from key local races throughout the evening. For the latest results on every race in our area, you can go to our web page any time at w-d-b-j-7-dot-com.
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More controversy over a proposed methadone clinic, as members of Roanoke City Council expressed their concerns with the project, and their inability to do anything about it.
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[IN Q=We don't to disown the methadone clinic]

((MARY PAXTON/GARDEN OF PRAYER NO. 7: WE DON'T WANT TO DISOWN THE METHADONE CLINIC, AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT THEY NEED HELP, BUT THE HELP SHOULDN'T COME BY HURTING SOMEBODY ELSE.))
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Yesterday's council meeting brought more criticism from neighbors, who want city council to stop the clinic from locating on Hershberger Road.
But the meeting also included one speaker who supports the drug treatment facility.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We've got to have]

((BRIAN KINGREA/ROANOKE VALLEY DREAM CENTER: WE'VE GOT TO HAVE A VIABLE ANSWER, BECAUSE DRUGS AND ADDICTION TO DRUGS IS A PROBLEM IN OUR CITY. AND IT'S TIME FOR US TO STOP IGNORING. IT'S TIME FOR US TO STOP BEING AFRAID.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Kingrea/Roanoke Valley Dream Center;]
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[OUT Q=stop being afraid.]
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City officials say they continue to search for an alternative site, and hope that CRC Health Corporation will reconsider. But they also stressed that their options are limited.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Mostly sunny today with highs again soaring into the 70s...but we'll see numbers back in the 50s by the end of the week.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your Election Day forecast, coming up.





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Election day got off to a rocky start at the Troutville, Rainbow Forest Baptist Church and Glen Wilton precincts in Botetourt County.
According to Rob Hagen, who's the Secretary of Electoral Board, says the computers were not set into a quote "pre-election mode".
Because of security reasons, poll workers were not able to re-set the machines. They they had to wait for the proper magnetic card to allow a reset. By 6:30 a.m., the machines were up and running. Prior to that, poll workers used as many paper ballots as were available. About 10 voters reportedly were not able to wait and had to leave.
Election officials hope they will return later today to cast their ballots.

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Some places may be having problems with the new electronic voting machines, but Roanoke voting officials say they're prepared...
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[SUPER=203-Roanoke;]

Today will be the first time voters will use the city's new electronic voting machines. Yesterday, officials delivered the machines to all of its precincts, with some help from representatives of the company that developed them. Officials also handed out voting supply kits to all of its chief poll workers, including what's known as a communication pack. The communication pack is a device that opens and closes the terminals at each polling site. Bedford County and the city of Radford are the only other communities in our area that will use touch-screen voting for the FIRST time today.
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Many Virginia Tech students plan to make their voice heard this election.
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[SUPER=203-Blacksburg]


In the 2000 election, only 36-percent of eligible voters 18 to 24 cast a ballot nationwide.
But this year, college students especially say they will vote in large numbers, many already have by absentee ballot.
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[SOT 2:42:22; 2:46:52]
[IN Q=I kinda just felt]

((ZACHARY BAILEY/VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT: I KINDA JUST FELT LIKE I WAS PART OF THE WHOLE SELECTION PROCESS OF THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, IT WAS KINDA FULLFILLING ACTUALLY.)) ((LAURA SEAMON/VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT: I WAS DEFINITELY EXCITED ABOUT VOTING AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE A SAY IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS.))
[SUPER=201-Zachary Bailey/Virginia Tech Student; :00]
[SUPER=201-Laura Seamon/Virginia Tech Student; :07]
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Virginia Tech students tell us the most important issues to them are the economy and the war with Iraq.
A study by Harvard University found that 72-percent of college students nationwide plan to vote this year.
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News 7 will bring you live election day coverage on all our newscasts today. C-B-S coverage begins at 6:30 tonight. Once the polls close in Virginia at 7:00, we'll have live local updates every 30 minutes.
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[Take WDBJ Web FS #E522]

We'll bring you updated numbers from key local races throughout the evening. For the latest results on every race in our area, you can go to our web page any time at w-d-b-j-7-dot-com. (------------)