- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A departure from the normal voting venue can be found today in Crystal City.

Residents of the Water Park Towers apartment building only have to come downstairs to cast their vote, since their building’s lounge doubles as the Water Tower precinct’s polling place. The lounge provides a comfortable setting to cast a vote, offering a bar, two pool tables and a kitchen.

Precinct chief Joe Houston said voting has been steady at the building all day, but slowed down since the early morning. About two people were in line at about 3:00, and about 500 people had used the voting machines by mid-afternoon.

“We got a line up at 9:00,” said Mr. Houston, 70.

Mr. Houston said Democrats have outnumbered Republicans at the precinct by about a three-to-one ratio.

Apartment resident Vincent Leto said he voted before noon, and lauded the convenience of having the precinct in his building.

But he said building residents have kept their primary opinions to themselves — a secrecy that correlates to where many of them work.

“When people say they work across the street,” said Mr. Leto, 58, “It’s usually a euphemism [for] working at the Pentagon.”

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