Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The hottest race in the region...District 47

If there was any doubt about what rece --besides the presidential contest -- is the hottest in the region, one only has to take a look at what's going at the American Legion Post on Route 12 in Norwich. The post is the polling place for Noriwch's Precincts 5, 6 and 7. Precients 6 and 7 are in the 46th Assembly District where incumbent state Rep. Melissa Olson, D-Norwich, is running unopposed.

Precint 5 is in the 47th Assembly District where incumbent state Rep. Jack Malone, D-Norwich, is facing the hardest re-election bid of his political career against Republican Chris Coutu -- and the line out the door and down the driveway is evidence of just how hotly contested this race is.

Voters in Precinct 5 are waiting on average of 15 to 25 minutes before actually getting their ballots. Voters in the two other precincts are simply walking in, and walking out minutes later.

"It wasn't too bad," said Precinct 5 resident Orenise Coleman. "I took a little extra time myself."

The bigger problem all voters at the post are encountering is parking. Cars are standng idle in the driverway waiting for voters to come out in the hopes of taking that place....and then they get into the other line to vote.

Time now to head into the office and get some other work done. Later today we'll try and head out again and see how the afternoon progresses.


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