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Presidential Primary Day in Massachusetts 2012

Four years ago, when Nomi and I still lived in Precinct 9, we made a point of getting to the polls as early as possible to vote in the presidential primaries. (Actually, we make a point of voting as early as possible in every election we can.) I still recall how crowded the polls were even before 7 am. By the time we had finished voting, the line was down the block.

This morning, things were a little different. With the permission of the elections warden, I took a few photographs for public posting.


Empty Voting Stalls in Precinct 12 Empty Voting Stalls in Precinct 12 Photo copyright ©2012 by Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved.



As you can see, the polls were practically empty this morning. There was no one waiting to vote, no long line of people.


No Long Lines To Vote This Morning in Precinct 12 No Long Lines To Vote This Morning in Precinct 12 Photo copyright ©2012 by Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved.



There was very little campaigning going on either. A lone gentleman was holding a sign up for one of the few non-presidential contested races, that for the Republican State Committee.


A Lone Campaign Sign at the Polls A Lone Campaign Sign at the Polls Photo copyright ©2012 by Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved.



There was also a dearth of people collecting signatures for nominating papers. Two ladies were collecting for Joe Kennedy III, but they asked me not to take their picture. We also ran into Harry Margolis, who is collecting signatures for Governor's Council, and Nomi and I also gathered some signatures for my own campaign.

It's possible things will pick up later on today, but I doubt it'll be nearly as crowded as it was four years ago. On the Democratic side, the only candidate is Barack Obama, and on the Republican side it's pretty clear that Mitt Romney will win Massachusetts.


Only 19 Voters by 8 AM Only 19 Voters by 8 AM Photo copyright ©2012 by Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved.



As you can see, Nomi and I ended up being voters #18 and #19 as we left the polls. Last year around this time, those numbers were much larger.

Comments

In 2006 and in 2008, I was the first person at my poll station and the first person to cast a vote. I intend the same this year.
I had a feeling turnout would be low this year - thanks for the report.
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