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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia voters are electing their congressional representatives and deciding whether to approve three proposed amendments to the state Constitution.

State Board of Elections Secretary Nancy Rodrigues said at a briefing Tuesday afternoon that turnout has been steady statewide. Local registrars in congressional districts that have tight races are reporting heavier turnout. Some local registrars reported a handful of glitches with the new electronic voter check-in poll books, but most problems were resolved quickly.

Key races include the 5th District congressional contest, in which Democrat Tom Periello is trying to retain his seat, against Republican challenger Robert Hurt. Some voters also are voting for local candidates and issues.

More than 135,000 voters had applied for absentee voting. Their ballots also are due by 7 p.m., when the polls close statewide.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia officials say everything's running smoothly across the state with no major issues as voters head to the polls.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says turnout is going very well across West Virginia and some counties are even seeing long lines at polling places.

Voting began Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. for congressional and state races, as well as an unexpired term on the state's highest court. Polls close at 7:30 p.m.

Key races include the contest between Republican John Raese and Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin to replace the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd. Several state and congressional races also are on the ballot.

More than 108,200 voters cast early ballots. That's the third-highest early voting turnout since it was introduced in 2002.

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