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November 6, 2012

Election Day Open Thread

by at 12:43 pm.

Taking a short break to eat lunch before going on to more tasks for GOTV. I was stationed at the Pyne Arts School for the whole morning, and there was hardly a lull even in the mid morning. I think turnout is going to be surprising, both in Lowell and statewide.

What are you seeing? Hve you voted yet?

24 Responses to “Election Day Open Thread”

  1. Joe S. Says:

    Voted at 11:30 at 8-3. Ballot box indicated 1166, but it recorded each sheet submitted. So with a 2-sheet ballot I was voter 583 at that time. Don’t be mislead by high ballot box counts, but 583 is pretty strong for late morning.

  2. Lynne Says:

    FYI - we just saw our link to our spam filter server go down…I had to go through 130+ comments at once. I think I appropriately approved regular comments but if yours is missing that may be why - I may have accidentally marked it as spam.

    Joe - in 11-2/3, the woman running the polling place seemed to think that the 500 (1000 divided by 2) that had voted by 1pm was VERY high…

  3. Magnolia Says:

    Voted at 9:30 this morning at the Bailey. Every voting booth was full and the worker said they were busy. Got hit up by a friend to cvote for

  4. Magnolia Says:

    Voted at 9:30 this morning at the Bailey. Every voting booth was full and the worker said they were busy. I didn’t think to look at the vote count. Some of the pundits on FOX and CNN seem to think the large turnout all over the country will benefit Romney. I hope they are wrong. As a senior citizen, the man scares the crap out of me. They are also saying the race between Brown and Warren will be extremely close. There was a woman at the Bailey, who was obviously some kid of observer. She kept looking over the mark off sheets and making notes in a binder. My husband got the impression, that she was a Republican and that she was prepared to challenge the lady behind us who apparently was a lapsed voter. Can they do that???

  5. Steve Albert Says:

    Line out the door at 4:45 at the PAV in C’ville.

  6. Jack Says:

    h/t to Dave Nangle. He mobilized a respectable sized crew to do visibility across his District. If signs vote, then we won’t have a primary in 2014.

  7. MD Says:

    Voted at Reilly at about 3:30 and each counting machine had just over 2,000, so divide by two sheets and that means they had just over 2,000 voters. I think on a non-presidential year the count about that time was just over 500. We were third and fourth in line so that was good. Not a lot of sign holders out front.

  8. Jack Says:

    PS. The Nangle election party is at the Hungry Traveler in Salisbury. Call the Brown campaign for directions.

  9. Paul@01852 Says:

    Getting crazy out there! Lowell PD have been sent to at least 6 polling places for pedestrian and vehicular traffic control.

  10. Lynne Says:

    Jack you sarcastic bastard you!

    Magnolia, the Warren campaign had observers at many if not all polling stations in MA…dunno if that’s what you saw. But they were just there for the morning to check off which of ID’d Warren supporters had voted that morning, so we could data dump that into the system for the afternoon canvasses…so that we didn’t bother with people who had already voted. We weren’t there to challenge anything at all.

  11. Lynne Says:

    And Paul - wow! I guess that means highs turnout…

  12. Lynne Says:

    Oh FYI, I had big adventures today…including seeing Scott Brown in person getting pizza! Hopefully that’s the last time we’ll have to see him in Lowell. I’ll update the post witty tweets and pics later.

  13. Lynne Says:

    With, WITH tweets, though they are usually witty, if I do say so myself.

  14. RobbyG. Says:

    So when can we all call the race for Nangle?

    8:03?

    8:07 perhaps?

  15. RobbyG. Says:

    What was with the maniac outside the masonic center this A.M.? He had confronted a Nangle supporter, accused him of not being in 150 feet of the door, and continued to swear and argue with him (this despite the election people AND a COP saying we were both okay) then took pictures of myself and the Nangle guy. I waved at the jerk and smiled. We were then sworn at and threatened with the “F.B.I”.

    Nice, democracy in action. Free citzens coming out, supporting their candidate, and being bullied by crazies?

    Mutiple reports of, AGAIN, black panther thugs bullying and scaring voters in PA.

    No wonder why people are fed up with “the process”!

  16. Lynne Says:

    Keep on posting about silly conspiracy theories…it helps your side win, it really does.

    Elections always bring out the crazies. Including people who bring up the Black Panthers like every election.

  17. Magnolia Says:

    A side note, WE vote at the Bailey School and they really need to do something about the sidewalk area right at the entrance. My husband fell on the way in, skinned his knees. He’s okay. But as we were leaving, there was a man in exactly the same spot being held up by the fire EMT’s. He did not look in good shape. Someone who saw my hubby fall said the man fell at exactly the same spot. atly the same spot. The curbing a a little too hig and should at least be marked/ painted.

  18. Lynne Says:

    Oh, ouch…sorry to hear that.

    Do you have an account at Lowell’s See Click Fix? Perfect use of that. They are really responsive. There’s a phone app as well but you can report online.

  19. Lola Says:

    Did David Nangle pay a price for his endorsement? How many blank ballots were cast in that race?

  20. Anonymous (aka Paul@01852) Says:

    @Lola: Examining 2012 State Leg races in general it appears that ~20,000 voters voted in each race… EXCEPT Nangle-Burke where only ~12,000 voted. If all state legislative districts are approximately equal then one would expect an equal number of voters in each district/race. Conclusion: there were somewhere in the neighborhood of 8000 blanks/write-ins for this race! Not being an expert on election statistics however I defer to Jack Mitchell and/or Mr Lynne for a more definitive answer.

    [Edited to add nickname per notification. :) ]

  21. MD Says:

    @anonymous - I noticed the exact same thing about the numbers. Why were the totals for the other races so high?I’ll also be waiting for Jack or Mr. L. or L. or anyone to analyze these results.

  22. Lynne Says:

    I’ll leave it to Jack and my husband…I do know the Mr. took a prelim look at numbers anyway.

  23. Mr. Lynne Says:

    OK, I’m looking at some numbers - but data for the Nangle race is actually harder to get than I thought. For instance, I have data for 2008, but not broken out by municipality. In the meantime I do have a day job. ;)

  24. Paul@01852 Says:

    When will the city Election Commission release the full results of Tuesday’s election? I assume there will be a cost associated and would be more than glad to assist with a contribution. We need to solidify our assumptions that there are 8000 disenchanted voters out there–the sooner the better!

    Nangle needs to be beat! And from my preliminary assumptions he *is* beatable! The time to start is now, not sometime in the Summer of 2014. We need to start talking up candidates now. I’ve heard rumors that Bill Martin could be one. I’m sure there are others (Patrick Murphy is one name that comes to mind as a possible). Anyone else have suggestions? It would be wise to begin exploring options now.

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