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Board of Elections credits training and preparation for ‘smooth morning’

“I have nothing to report. So, that’s actually a good thing.”
Posted at 1:31 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 13:32:38-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Thousands around the Commonwealth hit the polls Tuesday for Super Tuesday in what the State Board of Elections called a “smooth morning.”

“I have nothing to report. So, that’s actually a good thing,” said Virginia Department of Elections Commissioner Christopher Piper in an update Tuesday morning.

“It has been an incredibly smooth day. Of all the elections that I’ve participated in Virginia, this may be the smoothest morning I’ve ever had.”

Piper credits increased training and preparation for the smooth start to Super Tuesday.

Virginia is among 14 states and a U.S. Territory participating in the 2020 Democratic Presidential primary on Tuesday.

Virginia voters will be greeted with 14 names on the ballot, even though nine of the candidates have dropped out of the race.

Piper says that's because those ballots were already created on December 18.

"To date we haven't gotten any official withdrawals from the candidates themselves, without an official withdrawal we can't post a notice or anything like that," said Piper.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer recently dropped out of the race following Joe Biden's win in the South Carolina primary.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden are the frontrunners to win Virginia, according to recent polling and political analysts. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard are also pushing ahead with their candidacy.

Virginia is an open primary state, meaning any registered voter can participate.

CBS 6 has received calls from voters asking why there are no GOP nominees. The Republican Party of Virginia chose to cancel their primary and back President Trump at the party convention this summer.

For more information about Super Tuesday, click here.