Based on anecdotal reports from town clerks across the state, turnout today might have been lower than expected.
We won’t have a solid bead on voter turnout until clerks begin reporting returns, but Secretary of State Jim Condos said a few minutes ago that traffic has reportedly been light.
“Turnout seems to have been pretty low,” Condos said. “We were hoping to have 8 to 10 percent, and I really don’t know if we’re going to get there.”
Based on a statewide voter roll of about 446,000, 8 to 10 percent would mean anywhere between 32,000 and 44,000 votes.
As for when to expect returns to start coming in, Condos says it’s anyone’s guess. It’s a primary, so there won’t be many votes to count, which should move things along. And 108 towns – they represent nearly 80 percent of the electorate – now use voting machines to do the counting.
Determining the outcome of a write-in campaign launched on behalf of anti-mountaintop-wind activist Annette Smith in the Progressive gubernatorial primary, however, could take longer. Smith’s supporters are looking to win enough ballots to defeat Progressive Party stalwart Martha Abbott, who appears on the Prog ballot.
The voting machines, however won’t help with write-ins, which have to be tallied manually, according to Condos.