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
Here is my live report
As always Annie DiMartino was outside the polls for the Democrats and as always she had something to say
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.