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Some voters in 33rd Senate district 'confused'

Tuesday - 1/21/2014, 2:12pm  ET

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Snow blankets campaign signs in front of Countryside Elementary School in Sterling Tuesday. Despite the snow, precincts within the 33rd Senate District were open for a special election to fill Attorney General Mark Herring's seat. Poll workers said the morning had been busier than they expected. (WTOP/Amanda Iacone)

Maybe voters are 'a little confused'

Judy Brown, general registrar for Loudoun County

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MCLEAN, Va. - Officials are urging voters in Northern Virginia to head to polls early as a winter storm moves into the region, but some voters are confused about the election.

The three-way special election is scheduled Tuesday in a swing district that will determine control of the state Senate.

Democrat Jennifer Wexton, Republican John Whitbeck and independent Joe May are vying for the seat held by Democrat Mark Herring, who was elected attorney general. The term will expire in 2016.

Polls are open and are scheduled to close at 7 p.m., but officials recommend that people cast their ballots early before weather conditions get too messy. Loudoun County public schools are closed, but polling places located at schools are still open.

WTOP has received calls from listeners in Loudoun County saying that some polling places are not open.

General Registrar for Loudoun County Judy Brown tells WTOP people are showing up at polling places that are not in the 33rd Senate district.

Loudoun County has 39 of its 85 precincts open. All of those are in the 33rd Senate district.

Brown says people need to check their voting cards to see where their polling places are.

Here are the Loudoun County polling precincts for the election.

Here are the Fairfax County polling precincts for the election.

The independent candidate running for the Senate, Joe May, previously served in the 33rd District in the House of Delegates. At the time he was a Republican.

Brown says because May is a familiar face from a House district with the same number as the Senate district, "maybe they're (voters) a little confused."

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter.

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