- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Last night, Michelle Obama, wife of en. Barack Obama, was at Montgomery County’s Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, which today is a polling station. This morning, the majority of voters said they were voting for Mr. Obama.

Chief Election Judge Eric Fischer said roughly 90 minutes after the polls opened at 7 a.m. that “the turnout is a bit lighter than expected.”

However Chief Election Judge Eric Fischer said, “We were braced for a larger turnout because of what’s happened in other states. … Fifty percent is usually a good turnout in a primary. We have about 10 percent in so far.”

By 10 a.m., the line to vote fluctuated between 10 to 20 people. “Twenty in line is the most I’ve counted all day,” said Chief Election Judge Tom Wilson. The official numbers after three hours of voting was: 138 Democrat, 29 Republicans, 14 others.

There have been a few problems so far. One voting machine could not print slips needed for voting because of a missing adapter cord. Volunteers are handwriting the information from the voting machines on slips of paper, which takes a bit more time than printing.

“We called last night and this morning, and the cord is on its way,” Judge Wilson said.

At about 8:00 a.m., a male voter, Taylor Stone, signed his name and voted “in place” of a 46-year-old Bethesda woman, who would not give her name to reporters. However, she said her last name is similar to Stone. The mistake made it impossible for the woman to check-in under her own name.

“They checked somebody in on my name,” she said. She completed a provisional, paper vote instead of voting electronically. The woman left the polling station to go to work late. She was detained at the high school for about an hour.

“The volunteer just issued the wrong ticket,” Judge Wilson said. “I’ve never seen that happen before.”


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