Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Strength in numbers...

A general rule of the thumb is that you take the voter turnout in the last four hours of the day will match the turnout recorded in the first turnout. In other words, take the percetage turnout as of 4 p.m. - double that, and you get a pretty good idea of the turnout will be at the end of the day.

At the American Legion Hall on Laurel Hill Avenue, turnout was running strong. Precinct 5 moderator Richard Hammer said at this point, "it's slowed." But still, there were lines of people signing in and then taking up a spot in line to get into a booth.

Precinct 6 voters also cast ballots at the American Legion Hall (as do those living in Precinct 7), and turnout there was just as strong. Polls workers say that as of 3 p.m., over 400 voters cast ballots in Precinct 6 - almost 25 percent of the eligible voters - suggesting overall turnout in the city's smallest voting district will exceed 50 percent by the time all is said and done.


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