Your Local Election HQ: What’s driving voters to the polls in the New River Valley?

Your Local Election HQ

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Numerous voters across the Commonwealth are getting ready to make some big decisions. From gas and groceries to education, there are a lot of issues on the table that impact millions of lives

WFXR News hit the streets on Monday, Nov. 1 to talk to likely voters about what’s at the forefront of their minds hours before polls open.

“For the governor candidate, I wanted to make sure that I got my say in,” explained a voter named Judy Deal. “It is very polarized, and I felt that I needed to get my vote in there.”

Deal says she is more than ready to cast her vote and she is not the only Blacksburg resident who is ready to go. With polls showing a lot of races are neck and neck, every vote counts.

“I always 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 like I had to vote,” voter Joel McGlothlin said.

McGlothlin also says with two kids in the public school system and his wife being a public school teacher, education is one of his deciding factors.

Besides education, voters who spoke with WFXR News said the economy was another key topic at the top of their minds, especially with the closely-watched governor’s race.

“The economy is a big one,” said voter Benjamin Hellmann. “I think it is frustrating because gas prices really hit me pretty hard. So, I think that is really important.

Polls open at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2 and will close at 7 p.m.

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