Rain didn’t stop vot­ers, early tally sug­gests

Dorchester Star - - NEWS - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Over­cast skies did not stop vot­ers from trudg­ing to the polls Tues­day, Nov. 6, as polling lo­ca­tions across the county re­ported large turnouts.

Dorch­ester County Board of Elec­tions Di­rec­tor Gwen Dales said Dorch­ester County had a record 3,009 vot­ers cast their bal­lots by 11 a.m.

Dales said de­spite the rain, she had heard through­out the day polling lo­ca­tions were busy. She said she didn’t think the rain had kept peo­ple from the polls.

“We’re just hear­ing a good turnout through­out the county,” she said.

“That’s re­ally good for us halfway through elec­tion day,” Dales said. “In the pri­mary we had a lit­tle over 3,000, so this has been a good turnout. We’ve heard num­bers are up state wide.”

Dales said there was a line ev­ery day dur­ing early vot­ing and called it “highly un­usual.” Peo­ple are vot­ing to take a po­lit­i­cal stand, she said. By 10 a.m. on the day of early vot­ing, there were al­ready 32 peo­ple in line, she said.

Dales said the weather had af­fected early voter turnout as well.

“Peo­ple want to get it over with,” Dales said. “For us be­ing on the Eastern Shore with low ly­ing marsh ar­eas, peo­ple vote early just in case they can’t make it to the polls.”

Rain­fall to­taled a tenth of an inch by noon on Tues­day, Nov. 6, with the to­tal rain­fall for Dorch­ester County sit­ting around 0.18 of an inch.

Deb­bie Fitzhugh, a vot­ing man­ager for a polling lo­ca­tion at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, said vot­ers had been steadily fil­ter­ing in through­out the day.

She said the lo­ca­tion had held a line all day. When the lo­ca­tion fi­nally re­ported its 11 a.m. tally of 253, Fitzhugh said the turnout was ap­proach­ing a record for the precinct.

“We’ve seen a huge dif­fer­ence from the gen­eral to the pri­mary. We only had 300 vote dur­ing the pri­mary,” she said. “We’ve al­most had by 11 what we’ve had all day for the pri­mary.”

David Asher, a Dorch­ester County res­i­dent, stood out­side St. Paul’s Un­tied Methodist Church Tues­day hold­ing a sign sup­port­ing Demo­cratic con­gres­sional can­di­date Jesse Colvin. He said he’s vot­ing to take a stand.

“I’m against ev­ery­thing that Trump stands for,” he said.

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