RICHMOND, VA — It’s drizzling here in the heart of the old confederacy. But the the Virginia for Change headquarters is packed full of volunteers manning a call center.

The room sounds like a telethon, the soft murmur of dozens of phone conversations and the phones ringing non-stop. There are already reports streaming in of long lines. One woman on the phone with a friend told me her friend had arrived at her polling location–a school outside Newport–at 5 am and there was already a line. Turnout is encouraging, but lines are anxiety-producing for the organizers here.

The Obama folks have seemingly thought of everything. They’ve got bilingual translators (even for French!) on hand ready to work.

I’m now headed down to the small town of Emporia, to watch the campaign’s rural GOTV in action.