November 02, 2004

More on the U.S. turnout.

The AP has more on voting early this morning around the US:

"Some polling places voted 25 percent of their entire registered voters in the first hour," said Tom Leach, spokesman for the Chicago Election Board. "That's just unheard of."

"We're seeing lines, people waiting in lines, lines before the polls opening," said Scott Burnham, a spokesman for the Cook County Clerk's office.

Polling places across North Dakota reported voters waiting in line when they opened.

"We've been very busy," deputy Ward County auditor Denice Osterberg said at midmorning.

In Fargo, Shirley Blake said about 50 people were waiting when she opened a polling place, more than she had ever seen that early in more than a decade of working on elections.

"I've never had to wait in line before," Fred Flugger, 72, said at his polling place on Pittsburgh's South Side, where dozens of people were already waiting when he arrived shortly after polls opened. "Usually, if I had to wait, it would be three to four minutes. There's just a lot of interest in this election."

Turnout at another Pittsburgh precinct clearly was exceeding that of the Bush-Gore race four years ago, said Jay Troutman, the judge of elections at the polling place.

"A good clip is one (voter) per minute, and we've exceeded that," Troutman said about 90 minutes after the polls opened.

"We wanted to come out early to vote but we never expected such a heavy turnout," Linda Russell said as she stood in line before polls opened in Raleigh, N.C.

Elsewhere in North Carolina, lines of voters snaked down sidewalks and across a street at a Durham precinct...

Republican U.S. Senate candidate E.J. Pipkin had to wait in a line that wound out the door before he voted at about 7:20 a.m. at an elementary school in Stevensville, Md.

Pipkin said it was exciting to see such a large turnout....

About 100 people were already in line when Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh went to cast her own ballot shortly after the polls opened in Warren, Mich.

"I'm predicting up to 75 percent (turnout) in Macomb County," she said. "Every indication I have ... is that this is the election for people. It still seems very polarized they're either going to support the president or get him out of there."

Polls opened without incident in West Virginia's Wayne County, despite a chemical spill last week that closed two schools that were to serve as polling places, said County Clerk Robert Pasley.

"We even had people waiting in line before we opened at 6:30 a.m. In some places, there was more than a dozen people waiting and that's heavy," Pasley said....

The parking lot was crowded at Dent Middle School in Columbia, S.C., and about 200 people were waiting in line when the polls opened at 7 a.m.

"It's not normal," said 75-year-old Timothy Evans Sr., a longtime poll worker. "Four years ago we had a little over 100 voters. It's really almost double that amount...."

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