November 6, 2012

Turnout in Bristol is way up from 2008 (updated 5:50)

This post will be updated as the day goes along to reflect the latest available data.

Update after the 5 p.m. count
The pace of voting in Bristol remains high.
More than half of the city's registered voters had cast a ballot by 5 p.m.
According to figures from the registrar's office, 51.2 percent of the city's 34,791 registered voters had passed through the polls by 5 p.m.
The nearly 18,000 voters topped the 2008 presidential race tally by 369 for the same time, continuing the trend seen all day.

Update after the 10 a.m. count
Voting is still surging in Bristol today.
As of 10 a.m., 23.3 percent of the city's 34,791 registered voters had already cast a ballot.
That is 421 more voters this year than at the same time in 2008, when registration was only slightly lower.
In total, 8,123 people have voted at the city's nine polling places today, as of 10 a.m., a pace that would ultimately lead to more than a thousand extra voters by the end of the day compared to what we saw four years ago.
So much for the cynics who said Americans are sick of this election and want no part of it.
The simple truth, proven every time someone fills in the bubbles on their ballot, is that at least in Bristol, voting is still cherished.
Who they're voting for, though, won't be known until after the polls close at 8 p.m.

Update after the 7 a.m. count
Four years ago, in the presidential contest that put President Barack Obama in the White House, 6 percent of Bristol voters had traipsed to the polls in the first hour of the day.
That year, 2,214 voters had cast a ballot in Bristol by 7 a.m.
Now for the surprise; in the first hour of voting this year in Bristol, turnout was nearly 15 percent HIGHER. By 7 a.m., 6.9 percent of the city's electorate had already filled in their bubbles and slid their ballots into the counting machines in the city's nine polling places.
That translated to 2,416 voters in the first hour -- 202 more than in 2008 even though the overall registration has risen only slightly during the past four years.

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