High Turnout in Pennsylvania
By Krissah Williams
GLENSIDE, Pa. -- At Precinct 1.2 in Glenside, Pa., turnout by 4 p.m. had surpassed the full day of voting on April 27, 2004 -- the last time a presidential primary was held here.
There has been no flood of people but 352 people cast ballots by 6 p.m. in a steady trickle throughout the day. Poll workers think they could see twice as many voters as usual before polls close at 8 p.m.
"It's all anecdotal, but we're hearing that there are higher turnouts than in past primaries" across the state, said Leslie Amoros, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of State. She added that there are 8.3 million people registered to vote in the Pennsylvania primary, a historic high.
The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting higher than usual vote totals at the University of Pennsylvania, as well. A dozen students stood in line there this afternoon, and in one polling place a hundred voters had cast ballots before lunch time -- many more than usual, the newspaper reported.
The Committee of Seventy, a voter watchdog group with poll watchers across the state, also called turnout "exceedingly high" and is on alert for malfunctions with voting machines and long lines as the work day ends and people head to the polls.
Swift turnout today has been helped across the state by the sunny, pleasant 70 degree weather.
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