- Many voters were grumbling in line about how long it was taking the precinct workers to check in the voters. It turns out that in my precinct, the County decided not to split the voter roll book, so only one voter could be checked in at a time. As a result there was anywhere from a 15 to 30 minute wait at the precinct through the morning voting rush. And this for a primary.
- There was great uptake of signatures for Judy Feder's petition which was circulating this morning. People definitely seemed interested in putting Judy on the ballot in November. People agreed that healthcare reform was a critical issue for the next president and we need to put Judy in Congress so her voice and expertise is part of that discussion.
- As I was getting ready to leave, a voter came out and said to me, "You guys are having a great day. I was the 39th Republican voter in there, but there were already something like 209 Democratic ballots submitted." That is a five-to-one turnout ratio as of about 9:15am in 24 degree weather. Democrats are energized this year.
- Overheard:"We finally found a use for those Hillary buttons." They were used to pin down papers so they wouldn't blow away. Meanwhile, a neighbor of mine, who I did not even know was a Democratic voter, was standing outside since 6am handing out Obama lit.
[update] From The Washington Post
Interest has surged among Democratic voters even in traditionally more Republican areas, such as Loudoun. Democratic absentee ballots were distributed at a rate of nearly 2 to 1 over Republican ballots in Loudoun, officials said.