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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Election day thread

Have you voted yet? What was the turnout like in your precinct?

I voted at 7:10am, and was voter number 29. That's about 5 times as many voters as for the primary in my precinct at an equivalent time.

Supporters of Farad Ali and of the Democratic Party endorsed candidates were out at my precinct.

Share your stories in the comments.

UPDATE: i see in the comments at Kevin's place that Liddy Dole was making calls urging people to vote for Thomas Stith today. So much for the man's claims of beng above partisanship.

UPDATE: Thoughtful comments from Carl Kenney (whose blog i need to read more regularly) on the Stith/Bell race.



  • Turnout at Parkwood is steady and heavy---much heavier than the primary.

    Representatives of the PA, DCABP, Bell campaign, Catotti campaign and Mr Stith himself are at Parkwood. Someone should ask Stith what he did with the "Stith-right wing Republican" signs.

    By Anonymous steve bocckino, at 9:11 AM  

  • Steve - Matt in the N&O asked.

    Stith said he knew nothing about the signs being taken until he noticed some were missing as he drove to church Sunday.

    He noted that many of his own campaign signs have been stolen through the course of the campaign, though he wouldn't guess how many.

    "It's just unfortunate, and it's petty," Stith said. "But it happens in the course of the campaign, in every campaign."

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 9:16 AM  

  • Stith went on to say "Republican? Who you callin' Republican?"

    By Anonymous steve bocckino, at 9:41 AM  

  • Turnout in Precinct 45 (Temple Baptist Church) was 275 when I voted at 9:00am. It was a steady stream of 2-3 people when I was there.

    A Democratic booster was handing out David Harris and "sample ballot" flyers in the parking lot.

    By Anonymous Dan S., at 9:45 AM  

  • Here's the line from the BoE on 45:
    45 Temple Baptist Church
    Registered voters: 3,439
    Democrats: 1,723
    Republicans: 1,068
    Unaffiliated: 648
    Black: 628
    White: 2,639
    Native American: 9
    Assian: 44
    Multi-racial: 8
    Other: 67
    Women: 1,894
    Men: 1,524

    (numbers may not add up as i left out the "undesignated" responses.)

    That's an 8% turnout in the first 2 1/2 hours of the election. Even assuming that turnout slows down during working hours, i predict that precinct 45 at least will surpass 28% today.

    Democrats have a better than 3-2 edge over Republicans in this precinct. I have to believe that a higher than average turnout will benefit Democrats today. Turnout in the primary was a little over 10%, the lowest since at least 1994. Primary turnout in 45 was a little bit higher than average, at 12%. Unfortunately, the PDF of precinct by precinct primary results at the BoE website seems to stop at precinct 35, so i don't know how that precinct broke down in the primary. Maybe Kevin has that info?

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 10:04 AM  

  • As of about 9:30 AM, 450 people had voted at Crown of Righteousness. Compare that with 581 who voted all day there for the primary. Total voters are 4872, so we we will probably see over a 20% turnout.

    Parkwood is a Democratic precinct, but Stith was getting a lot of handshakes.

    By Anonymous steve bocckino, at 10:13 AM  

  • At Precinct 37 (Cole Mill Church of Christ), I was voter 143 (approx.) just before 8am. There was no one representing except one woman encouraging people to vote for Stith. The Stith = Republican sign was still there at the entrance to the parking lot.

    By Anonymous georg, at 10:38 AM  

  • I was handing out coffee and doughnuts this morning at E. K. Powe (precinct 3) for the Democrats. At about 8:45 I went in and voted myself, and was #84. Given that we're a pretty small precinct, that's pretty high turnout.

    Aside from me and two other 3PD folks, there was a very nice young woman handing out flyers for Ali.

    By Blogger Michael Bacon, at 10:51 AM  

  • Interesting note...I have seen a few people comment that Thomas Stith wants Farad Ali to win and therefore Ali must be a Republican mole...

    So what is the explanation behind a Farad Ali sign posted in front of the Bill Bell campaign office?

    By Anonymous golden, at 12:36 PM  

  • I was pleased to spot several hand-drawn "Stith--right-wing Republican" signs around town today.

    There was also a "Stith: Grim Reaper" sign, but that had probably been up since Halloween.

    By Blogger toastie, at 1:24 PM  

  • I was voter #202 at the Ag building on Foster St. just after 1pm.

    By Blogger weege, at 2:37 PM  

  • ever heard of the Durham Committee, golden? That's your explanation.

    As of 2:30 PM, I am seeing very strong turn-out at outerlying precincts but not particularly strong turn-out in precincts that are Dem stronghold, progressive precincts. I hope a lot of people are planning to vote in late afternoon...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:40 PM  

  • Interesting - can you give details on which precincts and what turnout numbers you're seeing? I'm in Hillsborough until 5 and i'm relying on your reports.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 2:44 PM  

  • The sames one mentioned here anecdotally as being busy are borne up by the numbers: Temple Baptist,Cole Mill, Forestview, Southwest were all a lot busier than usual to the mid-afternoon point.

    Pearsontown, Rogers Herr, Ag Building, VFW (P-19) were all about as busy as usual (for a general election). Morehead was a little above normal. Yates (P-36) is very slow.

    Inner city black (Durham Committee) precincts are not all that busy -- although voters have been known to pop up there in droves in later afternoon. YE Smith, CC Spaulding and Miller Morgan on the NCCU campus were all slow through mid-afternoon (a lot of Central students voted early though). Shepherd, IR Holmes, and Weaver Street were all about normal for a general.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:30 PM  

  • I was voter #6 at the Holy Infant Catholic (Woodcroft/SSW Durham) this morning at 6:40a. 1 more arriving when I left. No one campaigning at that time.

    By Blogger Derek, at 4:33 PM  

  • Over 1000 voters at Crown of Righteousness (Parkwood) as of 2 PM. Looks like we'll easily get 30% or more (1461/4872).

    Usually a Democratic precinct, but Stith lives here, has spent much of the day here and is being well-received.

    By Anonymous steve bocckino, at 5:21 PM  

  • i voted at edison johnson community center on murray just before noon. don't know what number i was, but there were at least ten other voters coming and going.

    no campaigners, but there was a fellow standing outside the place keeping track of the action.

    By Blogger libby, at 5:45 PM  

  • I voted at Waterford Apartments (Hwy 54 near Parkwood) at 1:30 this afternoon and was voter 413.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:50 PM  

  • Voted early and voted at the corporation blvd polls. That day I saw David Harris greeting people and handing out cards as I came in. About five other voters were there that day.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:56 PM  

  • I voted at Brogden around 5:30 and was #210. When I commented to the judge that that seemed low, he said 60 had voted early.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:34 PM  

  • I was 155 at Brogden (I live in Trinity Park on the other side of 85 but have to head across the highway to vote) at 2:30.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:56 PM  

  • I worked at Precinct 51 all day, and we had steady and often brisk turnout. Most folks willingly took my Democratic Party and David Harris materials. When I left at 6:15 p.m., we had about 925 voters.

    By Anonymous Diana, at 6:58 PM  

  • This is the one time a year or so when we watch local TV. Sometimes when there's a really bad storm we'll watch.

    What a sad thing to behold.

    They're all like, 12 year-olds, completely amazed that . . .Durham is having an election! Bell has an opponent! Stith has an opponent! Bell AND Stith are African-American! Voting ends tonight! Will there be a winner?! Stay tuned!

    By Blogger Tony, at 10:06 PM  

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