November 5, 2013

Turnout looks a bit better this year... so far

After the first hour of voting this morning, it appears people may be a little more prone to show up at the polls this year.
By 7 a.m., 2.3 percent of the city's electorate had already voted at the polls -- more than 200 people above the same time in 2011.
The Chippens Hill precinct had the highest turnout during the first hour -- at 4 percent -- but it's not clear that means anything.
In general, Democrats say they'll win if the turnout is good. Republicans, though, argue they'll do just fine no matter how many people cast a ballot.
In any case, there's still lots of time to add your choices to the tally. The polls are open until 8 p.m.
Candidates on both sides of the aisle are urging supporters to make the effort.
Democratic City Council candidate Bob Vojtek said this morning, "I did my part, I ran a good race. Now it's your turn, go out and vote!"

Update at 7:25 a.m.: There may be some confusion at some polling places.
Three of the nine polling locations are new this year, including Bristol Eastern High School.
Elizabeth Christophy let me know there was a lot of confusion at the high school this morning, in part because of "terrible signage."
Other new polling place are the Bristol Elks Lodge and West Bristol School.

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