Record turnout predicted in Durham

May 6, 2008 9:53:28 AM PDT
The predicted record turnout is already evident in Durham.

In order to handle the crowds, election workers had to move everyone out of a cramped space at the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department and into the bays where fire trucks usually park.

Voters lined up well before noon at the fire station. Among the crowd were lifelong Durham voters.

"It's a whole different type of atmosphere from what we usually see," voter Tom Key exclaimed. "You usually see [it] sparse."

The line moved briskly with an average of 250 voters per hour casting ballots.

"It is huge," said Mike Ashe, Durham County Board of Elections. "I don't know if it's our busiest, but it's certainly first or second place!"

Shortly after 10:30 a.m., Parkwood precinct's voter number 1,000 entered the ballot box.

Shirley Hoffman wants a new direction for the nation.

"I really don't feel real strongly about any of the candidates, other than I hope whoever gets into office can make a drastic change and turn our country around," Hoffman said.

Others say they are motivated by the Durham D.A. race.


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