The American people have spoken. A 3.5 million popular vote mandate. W won with over 50% of the popular vote.
Polls close at 7:00 p.m. CST. The County says it will start uploading results at 7:30. I’ll try to keep up.
Update: Our precinct had 829 registered voters and 451 votes cast for a turnout of 54.4%!
In our precinct:
Bush/Cheney 227 50.33%
Kerry/Edwards 216 47.89%
Update (County Wide):72.2% Turnout.
Bush/Cheney: 139,006 50.45%
Kerry/Edwards: 134,231 48.71%
At 10:30 a.m. I was the 171th precinct voter and the 255th from both precincts. There were 12 voting booths and 10 were occupied. That is the most people I have ever seen in my polling place at one time. The election judge said it was pretty slow right then, they have seen many more at one time already today. There were two men at the door to direct you to the proper precinct table. If you didn’t know what precinct, they directed you to a third table to be “looked up”. Since my last name can be difficult, I just showed my registration card. The two people behind me did as well. It seemed as though everyone leaving was happy to get their “Proud to Vote” sticker, in fact, as I was coming in a woman was insisting on getting her sticker. I’m in Illinois, so we know how the state (Chicago) is going to vote, but I did my part for W.
Update: At the Primary there were 743 registered voters in my precinct. 134 votes were cast for a turnout of 18.03%. The other precinct had 709 registered voters at the Primary, 145 votes were cast for a turnout of 20.45%.
Already at 10:30 at voter number 171 from my precinct, we were already 27% higher than the primary. As voter 255 from both precincts, we were at 91% of the Primary’s total votes.
Air Raid Sirens (Tornado Sirens) just went off. First Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. Is this going to end up scaring anybody?
My husband went and voted this morning. He was number 77 out of 2 precincts in the polling place at 6:40 am. In the Primary, we went together and were numbers 100 and 101, but I can’t remember what time we went. I am going to go a little later to get a better sense of turnout in our little precinct. I think that there were about 364 registered voters in the precinct at Primary time.
Update: At the Primary there were 743 registered voters in the precinct.