Voting Early

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The polls opened at 7 a.m. this morning and city and town clerks are bracing for an influx of voters as the day goes on. Adams and Williamstown were reported busy with lighter voting in North Adams.

City Clerk Jody Phillips is predicting a 70 percent turnout in Pittsfield. That would be on par with projections of 68 percent or higher nationwide from National Geographic.

The McCain-Obama election “will have the highest turnout since 1908,” which saw 66 percent of eligible voters at the polls, McDonald predicted.

In the tiny town of Stamford, Vt., there was a line at the door when the polls opened at 8 a.m.  There’s usually been a few people waiting, but “It’s the first time I’ve ever had a line,” said Town Clerk Nancy Bushika, giving a little fist pump.

In addition to the presidential race, Vermont has races for every statewide office, which is also likely to img_3915push turnout. In Massachusetts, also a comfortably blue state, the Question 1 initiative to eliminate the state income tax may drive voters to the polls.

It’s unlikely we’ll have the massive lines seen in early voting in select states across the nation, but if you have trouble voting – or not – let us know and we’ll pass the word along.

Post a comment on your Election Day experiences or e-mail us at info@iberkshires.com.  See a long line? Snap a photo and send it to us.

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3 responses to “Voting Early

  1. North Adams voter

    Voted early…no issues…no lines VOTED for McCain. Obama will give us higher taxes…bet on it!

  2. Thanks for commenting.

  3. livinitupwithlyndsay

    I just cast my first vote in a Presidential election.

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