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Stickers, Chili, Taters and Kisses

Sights, smells and tastes from a busy election day:

Voters shuffled in from the cold, grey weather to the warm back room of the Leesburg Fire House and were greeted by the aroma of the poll workers' cooking chili. Precinct chief Mary Ann Glennon, working her eighth election, said her team has had a busy day, with 455 Democrats and 175 Republicans voting by around 2:10 p.m. There are 2,481 registered voters in her precinct area.

The precinct's biggest glitch?


"We don't have any stickers for 'I voted.'" she told the Post's Jonathan Mummolo. "We've run out of stickers. I think if that's [our] problem, that's pretty good. We're giving them Hershey's Kisses instead."

At Oak View Elementary School in Fairfax, reporter Michael Alison Chandler found that voters filed through a cafeteria rich with the smell of tater tots at lunchtime to get to their polling place. The Democratic precinct captains said the precinct is home to a lot of military families and that the line to vote snaked outside the door about 6 a.m.

By Washington Post editors  |  February 12, 2008; 4:43 PM ET
 
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