Yesterday Monday, the Cafe had 498 visitors and 1139 page turns.
At 6AM, there was a long line of cars stopped on Route 169 trying to turn into the Town Hall parking lot, there were no empty parking places in the parking lot, and there was a long line of voters standing outside the back entrance of the Town Hall.
At 7:15AM nothing has changed. Cars are parked on the grass along route 169. You can only enter the Town Hall parking lot traveling north on 169. If you are traveling south on 169, you have to keep going and then turn around and come back.
At 8AM traffic into the polls has lightened up – but there is still steady traffic entering the polls. There is no backup on 169 but you can still only enter the parking lot from the south.
At 9:40AM Becki voted. Only one machine is counting the ballots but 22 voters can fill out their ballots at the same time. Her vote was 1121. One car is being allowed to enter the parking lot as another car leaves. After parking she was in line for about 15 minutes. In last years election there were about 4600 registered voters, a number that may have increased for this election. Thus if there are 5000 registered voters in Woodstock, 23% had already voted by 9:50AM.
11 AM – Just in… a voter reports hearing one of the registrars telling someone that there have been 600 new voter registrations. This puts our registered voter number in the neighborhood of 5200 – 5300. If we have a 90% turnout as expected by media sources that would be 4650 – 4700 ballots cast! … right here in Woodstock! The CT SOS Bysiewicz is reporting that many Connecticut communities reported 30-35% turn out by 10 AM.
At 11:50AM, I (John) voted. My vote was 1891. Same voting situation that existed at 9:40AM when Becki voted. Very civil ambiance. I didn’t see Joe the Plumber anywhere.
At 1:15PM the vote count was 2265. A registrar has told us that there are 5105 registered voters in Woodstock. So 44.4% of registered voters have already voted.
At 4:50PM traffic was backed up 1/4 of a mile heading north to enter the Town Hall parking lot. Voting is heaviest now (5PM).