Weather brings steady turnout at the polls

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Sunny skies and 50-degree-plus temperatures brought a steady turnout of voters throughout the day in Bristol.

This afternoon, The Bristol Observer headed out to the polls at Bristol Eastern High School, Greene Hills School, South Side School and Chippens Hill Middle School where voter activity seemed to trickle down between 2:30 and 4 p.m.

Representatives for local candidates who stood outside Bristol Eastern High School said voter activity seemed to be steady for most of the day.

At Greene Hills, moderator Bruce Barton said voter turnout was “phenomenal,” especially before the polls opened at 6 a.m. today. He said about 75 people were already waiting to cast their vote before 6.

“We had a line out the door,” said Barton, adding he expects a higher turnout overall due to the good weather.

At South Side School, the line was out the front door when polls opened this morning. Moderator Terry Parker and Assistant Registrar Marissa Mazzone said there was a good chance that voter turnout reached the 75 percent mark this afternoon.

Although voter activity slowed down between noon and 2 p.m. at Chippens Hill, moderator Dina Mazzone said it took almost two hours to clear the line of folks waiting to vote this morning.

“The line was out the door,” said Mazzone. “I think in the first two hours, we did over 600 voters.”

The polls will remain open until 8 p.m. For more information about polling locations in Bristol, visit Registrars of Voters info.