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Voting Going Fairly Smoothly So Far, Counties Report

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Up and down the state, voters began lining up at polls even before they opened.  Elizabeth Knox with the Los Angeles County Registrar says a polling place she visited was crowded because three precincts were voting there:

KNOX: "We had people lining up beginning at 6:30 this morning to vote, when the polling places open at 7am, and they were pretty happy with the flow."

Knox says so far voter turnout has been good, though as of this afternoon it's still lower than the record year of 2008. 

Bruce Buyse with the Sacramento County Elections office says he's also seen long lines, and he's gotten many calls from voters confused about where to vote. In addition:

BUYSE: "Hundreds of people contact our office each election and prior to each election wondering if they still can register to vote, so they're just not clear on concept of right now it's 15 days prior."

Still, California has seen record voter registration this year, and voter turnout tends to be high in president election years.

Some snags at polling places have been reported.  According to the LA Times, one polling place in South Los Angeles had ballots, but no voting machines.

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