Polls Feel The Late Crush

Wave of voters drop off their ballots in the final hours to make sure their vote counts.

Poll workers welcomed an early wave of voters Tuesday, but didn't expect to have a final count until well after the polls close at 8 p.m.

The polls were bustling as soon as they opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday around the Twin Cities. As expected, however, poll workers were hit with a second wave of voters after 5 p.m. as commuters headed home. Election officials said Marin County has a high number of absentee voters who mailed their ballots late or who even dropped off their ballots in person Tuesday.

While there were no local races in Larkspur or Corte Madera, there were a number of state ballot measures that struck a chord with local voters. Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically modified foods, drew heavy support from Marin Organic. Proposition 34 would repeal the death penalty. If it passes, it would in theory shut down death row at San Quentin State Prison.

There were two seats open in the Marin Healthcare District race with three candidates. Attorney Joe Salama is challenging incumbent Hank Simmonds and appointed incumbent Ann Sparkman in that race.

Showing an ID is not a requirement to vote in California. If you have trouble exercising your right to vote today, call the Voter Protection Hotline: 1-800-311-VOTE.

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Haggis November 07, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Voted for Obama and Prop 30, thank goodness they won!


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