January 8th, 2008
01:35 PM ET
11 years ago

Overwhelming voter turnout in the Granite State

Some Granite State polling places are running low on ballots.

Some Granite State polling places are running low on ballots.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - New Hampshire’s governor predicts a record turnout Tuesday in his state’s first-in-the-nation primary, as the Secretary of State's office reports the unusually high number of voters so far has some polling locations running low on ballots.

Governor John Lynch tells CNN that he expects half a million people to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primaries.

A wide-open race in both parties and unseasonably mild temperatures could be contributing to the long lines at voting locations across the Granite State.

New Hampshire Deputy Secretary of State Dave Scanlan tells CNN that his office has received phone calls that in certain locations, polling places are getting low on ballots - in particular, Democratic ballots - and that additional ballots are being driven out to various polling places across the Granite State.

No polling station has yet run out of ballots, says Scanlan, and his office is comfortable that they are going to be able to get through the day with the number of ballots they have on hand.

The prediction of a record turnout in New Hampshire follows record-breaking turnout in last week’s Iowa Democratic and Republican caucuses.

–CNN’s Tasha Diakides and Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: New Hampshire
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Mario

    Darth Vadik, HA HA HA HA, your little puke libs are going to lose, when they had the last elections it was the biggest turnout in this country's history for voting...who won..Bush, Kerry got beat, HA HA HA HA!

    Go Mitt!

    January 8, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |


    January 8, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Matilda Lipscomb

    If our congress were conscientiosly doing their job, ABC would lose its license!!
    What kind of democracy do we have in the US of A when a giant medium like ABC and a humongous corporation like Disney are allowed to select which candidates can participate in national debates? How many more oof our young people must give their lives to "spread democracy" in the world? WHAT KIND of democracy???
    Our national motto should be in GOLD WE TRUST, not GOD but GOLD. If you would like to commment on this, please write me on my website:
    http://www.letstalksense.fr You can post your comment on our message board.
    Matilda Lipscomb

    January 9, 2008 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  4. Glenda

    There's a lot of talk about what all candidates – Democrat and Republican, are going do. NOT MUCH TALK ABOUT HOW THEY ARE GOING TO DO IT!
    Will we ever have another president with guts to JUST DO THE RIGHT THING –and do we as Americans want to make the sacrifice - haven't in the past few years.

    Most candidates have to play "ball" with so many different groups that the real issues are forgotten. If you don't play ball, you don't win. I found this out several years ago on the local front. I am not sure who my vote will be cast for in November 08.

    I hope the candidate who wins in November is the candidate who tells us how he/she is going to bring our service people home, how he/she will fund SS, and insurance for all so that the richest nation in the world doesn't have people who can not go to the hospital because of cost, how he/she is going to get the Senate and House to work together and with the parties, HOW we are going to save our planet. AMERICA WAITS!

    January 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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