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Polls crowded on eve of primary

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The Dispatch wrote Polls crowded on eve of primary

Monday, March 3, 2008

People snaked through long lines in many election offices across the state today to vote early, with many trying to get their ballots in before the heavy rain and ice predicted for Ohio’s presidential primary.

Elections officials were unsure whether the surge in voting would lighten traffic at polling places on Tuesday, when record turnout was predicted largely because of interest in the tight Democratic presidential race between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

Voters waited in a line that wound through the Franklin County elections board office, down a hallway and onto the sidewalk. The office was to stay open four hours later than normal until 9 p.m. to accommodate voters. Roughly halfway through the day’s voting, more than 1,000 people had already voted, officials said.

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