- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 12, 2008

About 22 percent of registered voters in the Bells Mills precinct of Potomac, Md., had cast ballots by 1 p.m. The 575 individuals who voted came to a new location for today’s primary — Cabin John Middle School in Montgomery County, where another precinct also voted.

One Bells Mills election judge said that it was a “surprisingly light turnout.”

Chief Judge Mark Kirsch said that there was a rush of voters early in the day, but the most they had seen in line was 24 people. Mr. Kirsch said two voting machines froze at one point — but they were easily rebooted — and two voters cast provisional ballots.

Dr. Joseph Kravitz, 72, lives up the street from Cabin John Middle School, and said he made his way to this year’s new polling place without a problem.

“I expected the turnout to be a little heavier than this because a lot is riding on this election,” he said, adding that he hopes Republicans defeat the Democrats in the general election.

Linda Bergman, 62, of Potomac, said she wants a Democrat to win the general election. She said the change of polling place was “a breeze.”

The Cabin John precinct, also at the middle school, saw 210 of its 1595 registered voters cast ballots today from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

“Compared to other years, the turnout is comparable,” said Chief Judge Dale Schacherer.

Kia Coleman, 32, recently moved to Potomac and said her provisional vote was a smooth process at Cabin John.

Ms. Coleman said that the crowd was less than she expected, but at the same time, “It’s a great election because people who wouldn”t vote are coming out to support Barack or Hillary.”

Potomac resident Alberto Nunez, 76, said that each candidate has pros and cons, but that Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, matches his own philosophy.

Yolanda Faerber, 42, brought her two sons to the Cabin John polling place.

“Obama’s good for our country. We’re an Obama family,” she said.

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