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Off-Year Elections, the Preseason Football of Democracy


Off-year elections: Catch the fever!

Fairfax County, Virginia: “Eight hours after polls for Tuesday’s elections opened in Fairfax County most precincts have seen just 200 to 400 voters pass through their doors, county election officials said. General Registrar Cameron Quinn said she’s currently expecting a 25 percent voter turnout, but she’s still holding out hope for a last-minute surge at the polls.”

Elsewhere in Virginia: “Election officials estimate there will be a very low turnout and more voter confusion than there has been in years because of district lines being redrawn during this spring’s 10-year reapportionment.”

Kentucky: “Predictions are that it will be a very light turnout, with perhaps only 25 percent of the eligible voters throughout the state, with a slightly higher number predicted in Jefferson County.”

Maine: “Voter turnout was uneven, with clerks in some communities such as Auburn and Bangor reporting moderate voter traffic, while others reported lower-than-expected numbers.”

Baltimore: “By 1 p.m., six hours after the polls opened, 14,779 voters had cast their ballots, election officials said. That figure represents about 3.9 percent of the 371,799 registered voters in Baltimore.”

Philadelphia: “At the Amos Rec Center at 16th and Berks Streets in North Philadephia, only five residents had cast ballots by lunchtime. In Philadelphia, voters will choose a mayor and members of the City Council.”

Okay… some places are seeing healthy levels of turnout.

Mississippi: “Officials reported brisk turnout among voters Tuesday as Mississippians went to the polls to choose a new governor and decide whether to add three amendments to the state constitution, including one that could provoke a national fight about abortion.”

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