VIRGINIA BEACH -- Polls opened in Virginia at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning and lines were already long within the first few minutes of opening.

While the race for the White House is what the world will be watching, Virginia Beach voters will be making some important local decisions as well.

Citizens of the resort city will finally have a chance to vote their views on light rail in an advisory referendum.

This referendum is non-binding.

In 1999, voters rejected the city's pursuit of light rail, but some city leaders think it will be different in 2012.

The referendum was included on the ballot this time because more people usually vote in a presidential election, and council members were interested in hearing from a broad cross section of citizens.

Beach voters will also select the city's mayor.

Current Mayor Will Sessoms is running again, with competition from two other candidates, Wally Erb and RK Kowalewitch.

This year's ballots of course include many other offices to vote for, some local and some national.

Polls in Virginia are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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