Election Day Massachusetts first report UPDATE 2:38 PM Update 5:28

by Datechguy | November 6th, 2012

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Election Day Massachusetts first report UPDATE 2:38 PM Update 5:28

Because of my late night last night I didn’t get to the polls until 11:30

The lines were VERY long and had been all day.

Accord­ing to the num­bers my par­tic­u­lar ward is see­ing nearly triple the nor­mal votes, I sus­pect this is due to the Brown War­ren Race

[cap­tion id=“attachment_42016” align=“aligncenter” width=“450”] Half this num­ber due to two page ballot[/caption]

Here is my live report

As always Annie DiMartino was out­side the polls for the Democ­rats and as always she had some­thing to say


I wish she was one of ours and she told me off cam­era (but on the record) if Rick San­to­rum had been the GOP nom­i­nee she would have crossed over and voted for him.

Three GOP wins in the con­gress? Which seats? She wouldn’t say

I also ran into Patti Buck­ley run­ning for Reg­is­ter of deeds in her first ever race

And inter­viewed her

But the HUGE news of the day was this table

and this sign

This tells me the inac­tive voter rules, what I call the Mass­a­chu­setts Voter ID law is being enforced, at least in Fitch­burg. The dual table sys­tem is an excel­lent idea because it doesn’t hold up lines and allows peo­ple who have to pro­duce ID’s etc to do so with­out any kind of embar­rass­ment but if this law is being enforced all over the state this could be an epic change in Mass­a­chu­setts from here on in. I’ll be check­ing on this as the day goes on.

Update: Talked to Rose­mary Reynolds whose daugh­ter is oppos­ing Patti Buckley

At her vot­ing area there were fur­ther tables for “inac­tive vot­ers” I found such a thing at every loca­tion I went to, I checked at City Hall and they had been tak­ing a con­tin­ual round of calls try­ing to sort out peo­ple who had not sent in their city cen­sus, I’ll be check­ing other cities to see how this is being done.

Mean­while in Ward 3 I saw some­thing I have never seen before a CNN /​ABC etc etc exit poll person:

I have never seen an exit poll­ster locally.

Odd­est elec­tion day sight is this one:

What’s life with­out whimsy?
My plan next is to start hit­ting out­ly­ing towns on the way to Boston and the Rom­ney event.

Update: Leomin­ster reports long lines all day

The GOP office in Leominster

run­ning at full steam call­ing up a storm for Justin Brooks & Scott Brown

Shirley: The lines for vot­ing stretch out into the street

Ayer: Down the Aisle, the stairs and the cor­ri­dor just to get in

I don’t know if any­one is stay­ing home at all.

Because of my late night last night I didn’t get to the polls until 11:30

The lines were VERY long and had been all day.

According to the numbers my particular ward is seeing nearly triple the normal votes, I suspect this is due to the Brown Warren Race

Half this number due to two page ballot

Here is my live report

As always Annie DiMartino was outside the polls for the Democrats and as always she had something to say


I wish she was one of ours and she told me off camera (but on the record) if Rick Santorum had been the GOP nominee she would have crossed over and voted for him.

Three GOP wins in the congress? Which seats? She wouldn’t say

I also ran into Patti Buckley running for Register of deeds in her first ever race

And interviewed her

But the HUGE news of the day was this table

and this sign

This tells me the inactive voter rules, what I call the Massachusetts Voter ID law is being enforced, at least in Fitchburg. The dual table system is an excellent idea because it doesn’t hold up lines and allows people who have to produce ID’s etc to do so without any kind of embarrassment but if this law is being enforced all over the state this could be an epic change in Massachusetts from here on in. I’ll be checking on this as the day goes on.

Update: Talked to Rosemary Reynolds whose daughter is opposing Patti Buckley

At her voting area there were further tables for “inactive voters” I found such a thing at every location I went to, I checked at City Hall and they had been taking a continual round of calls trying to sort out people who had not sent in their city census, I’ll be checking other cities to see how this is being done.

Meanwhile in Ward 3 I saw something I have never seen before a CNN /ABC etc etc exit poll person:

I have never seen an exit pollster locally.

Oddest election day sight is this one:

What’s life without whimsy?
My plan next is to start hitting outlying towns on the way to Boston and the Romney event.

Update: Leominster reports long lines all day

The GOP office in Leominster

running at full steam calling up a storm for Justin Brooks & Scott Brown

Shirley: The lines for voting stretch out into the street

Ayer: Down the Aisle, the stairs and the corridor just to get in

I don’t know if anyone is staying home at all.

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