Tuesday will bring two Republican primaries in Central and Western Virginia: elections in the 21st Senate District that stretches from Roanoke to Giles County, and the new 22nd Senate District that runs from Lynchburg and Amherst County all the way to the outskirts of Richmond.
Election officials expect a very low turnout, and plenty of confusion.
Roanoker Jackie Dillard knows about the Republican primary. "I was aware this weekend when my husband and I were out and we noticed everybody putting their signs up," Dillard told News 7.
So does Roanoke County resident Bill Waddell. "I'm not really interested right now. I think they're getting too early a start anyway," Waddell said Monday morning. It was hard to find anyone who said they were planning to vote in the Republican primaries Tuesday.
In the 21st Senate District, Tripp Godsey and Dave Nutter have had a lively exchange, but election officials say they believe few voters are focused on the race. And with new district lines, they're warning poll workers to be prepared for questions, and perhaps some confusion at the polls.
Judy Stokes is Roanoke County's General Registrar. "It is a lot to keep track of and people are very very confused,' Stokes said. "The voter cards went out last week and we started getting a few calls after the voter cards went out, to say why did our precinct change?"
One measure of voter interest is absentee ballots. In Roanoke County, just one person voted absentee at the registrar's office. And no one requested a printed absentee ballot.