Four Obama lawyers on hand to witness uneventful record vote at Nashua Ward 4
Voters at Ledge St. School wait in line to register to vote in Ward 4. (Simon Rios/Union Leader Correspondent)
Selectman Stacie Laughton assists a voter to fill out an affidavit. Voters are required to sign affidavits affirming their identity if they have no means of identification.
NASHUA - Turnout in Ward 4 was approaching near-record heights Tuesday evening, with a registration line running out of the gymnasium and down the school’s hallway.
“We have what appears to be an outstanding turnout,” said moderator Jim Barnett, who by 4 p.m. was saying he is expected an 85 percent turnout.
With some 2,900 registered voters, nearly 3,000 people had already voted by 4 p.m. in the city’s smallest ward.
Over 1,000 people registered to vote at the Ledge St. School polling place as well. By late afternoon, poll workers rushed to City Hall for more ballots and registration forms.
Jeff Levin was among four attorneys for the Obama campaign who spent the entire day at Ward 4. “Our interest is that people get to vote, and if there’s problems, if there’s voter intimidation, if there’s technical stuff that’s not working, there’s all kinds of different things that we’re potentially looking for,” he said.
Levin said for the most part things ran smoothly, with a few hiccups. “There were a number of people that showed up who should have been on the rolls that weren’t. As far as I can tell they were all able to vote.”
One woman who said she last voted in 2004 did not appear on the roll and was required to re-register. Claiming she wouldn’t be able to vote if she had to wait in the half-hour line, she was expedited to the front of the line and proceeded to cast her ballot.
Another man, a resident of Kinsley St. who said he had voted previously in Ward 4, was told his address was no longer in Ward 4. He was told to appear at the Ward 6 polling location.
At least two others were told that they had already voted, though Levin said he was unclear of the cause. These individuals—one of whom was a Republican woman, another was a Latino man--were eventually allowed to vote.
Walter Marcella, an observer for the Romney campaign from Nashua, said a few minor issues arose. “I didn’t see any major issues,” he said.
According to Selectmen Stacie Laughton, less then 50 people in the ward were required to sign the voter ID affidavit.
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