Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Not the surge it was four and eight years ago...

That is in terms of Presidential Ballots at the Brooklyn Town Hall. By 3:25 p.m., a total of 32 Presidential Ballots had been handed out -- nearly half of the 63 handed out four years ago.

One of the reasons for a lower Presidential Ballot turnout this year may be the higher enrollment of new voter registrations this year -- meaning fewer unregistered voters to take advantage of the Presidential Ballots. The few folks I have encountered seeking Presidential Ballots are folks who had registered through a state agency or mail, only to find out today that the paperwork never made it through the channels.

Not surprisingly, voter turnout in Brooklyn is as strong in Brooklyn as it has been everywhere I've been today. At 2:45 p.m., the total number of voters who had voted was 2,297 -- quickly approcahing the 50 percent mark as we now near 4 p.m.

"It's the biggest (turnout) I've seen in my years here," said Janet St. Jean, Democratic Registrar of Voters.

It's a pretty good bet it will be the biggest turnout overall by the time all is said and done.

Time to head back to the office in Norwich.


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