Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Slow and steady...

That's how polling moderator Tom Bartok, a 10-year veteran of election work, described turnout at Montville Town Hall this morning. Voters in the Districts 1 and 6 vote at Town Hall. By 8 a.m., just over 11 percent, 140 out of 1,300 eligible voters, had cast ballots. Districts 1 and 6 are the smallest of the town's six voting districts. Over at the Fair Oaks School, Districts 3 and 4, two rooms have been set up for voting in the town's largest districts.

"We had a line at 6 when we opened," Bartok said, "but now it's tappered off. It's slow, but it's been steady."

Like many polling places today, extra staff has been hired, but at 8 a.m., you wouldn't think the extra bodies would be needed. However, the largest rush of the day will come after 4 p.m., and that's when election officials believe the extra staff will be needed.

We'll head up Route 32 now, eventually making our way over to Ledyard and Preston. But since we're passing by, we'll make a quick stop at the Mohegan Fire Station wher to other districts will be voting.


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