NH Reports Record Turnout

Polling places scramble to find enough ballots
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2008 1:15 PM CST
Republican Presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., hugs a veteran as he stops by a polling station at the Broad Street Elementary school the morning of New Hampshire's primary election, Tuesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – New Hampshire polling places are reporting record turnout for today's primaries, and the secretary of state’s office is sending more ballots to precincts overrun with voters. There’s no telling yet if predictions of 500,000 primary voters in the state of 1.3 million will pan out, but the Boston Globe reports first-time voters are flocking to have their say.

At one precinct, the “new voters” line far outstripped the “registered” queue. Demand for Democratic ballots was especially high, ABC reports, suggesting independent voters, who can vote in either primary, were trending that way. Some 45% of the Granite State electorate is independent, the New York Times reports. The secretary of state projected 90,000 undeclared voters in the Democratic column, 60,000 in the Republicans'.