Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day Coverage

UPDATE: Let's continue with reports on turnout. So far trends are positive for conservative areas. A live election thread with links to the best sources for election results will appear at or around 7:30.

The Secretary of State's office estimated Monday that nearly 10 percent of Arkansas' 1.66 million registered voters cast ballots in the state's 15-day early voting period. They estimated that 55 percent of eligible voters would vote in this election. This is Charlie Daniels you are talking about here, so the reliablility of his numbers are suspect, but assuming he is close, only 18% of the vote was early voting. Many of us were expecting 25% or more to vote early. Either this is going to be a light-turnout election or a disproportionate percentage of the vote (~82%) will be cast on election day.

We would like reports from the field. Please tell us your location and your impression about how heavy turnout is. If you have any sense of who is up or down, that too.

We can have a live election thread later this evening. No one's full-coverage will start before 8PM, most not until nine, so that is when we should start.


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Bad weather on both coasts. Center clear.


8:59 AM, November 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Early vote in Baxter County was 4828 (17%), with 450 absentee ballots mailed

10:14 AM, November 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark, is that your discrete way of saying that the moderates will win?

10:52 AM, November 07, 2006  
Anonymous Mark M said...

I was literal on that one!

11:36 AM, November 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rural community outside of Cabot reports hour long waits. People giving up and leaving lines without voting.

11:49 AM, November 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fox is reporting election day problems, possible fraud, in a number of states.

11:52 AM, November 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


long lines....hour and 45 minute wait. turnout seems to be heavy.

11:56 AM, November 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted in Fayetteville last night at the court house. There was a line of about 20 people or so but were moving fairly fast.

Today I saw what looked like College Dems at the corner of Dickson and College holding up signs. They also must have "accidentally" sandwiched two Beebe sign around the ASA! sign on that corner.

2:11 PM, November 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pea Ridge in Benton County- turnout very heavy

3:29 PM, November 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arkansas Times reports the following:

An unscientific sampling of Democratic and Republican campaign workers suggests big turnout in such Republican areas as WLR and Benton County, underwhelming turnout in traditionally Democratic precincts, such as heavily black parts of eastern Little Rock and Delta counties.

3:31 PM, November 07, 2006  
Anonymous mrs saunders said...

From Drudge... Chelsea Clinton runs into voting problems

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A famous political name does not guarantee hassle-free voting, as former "first daughter" Chelsea Clinton discovered Tuesday.

She turned up shortly after 6 a.m. at her polling site on West 20th Street -- in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan -- only to be told her name was not in the voter registration books there, a voting official said.

It turned out the registration book for her district had been mistakenly sent to the wrong location, said New York City Board of Elections Executive Director John Ravitz.

She filed an affidavit vote -- a paper ballot that allows election workers to confirm that a voter is properly registered after their vote is cast. If the voter is not registered, the vote is not accepted.

4:12 PM, November 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just in...Democrats wiping the floor with their Rep. counterparts. Stay tuned for details.

7:16 PM, November 07, 2006  

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