Was Your Polling Place Crowded?

We're getting mixed reports about the turn-out at the polls for today's voting in El Cerrito and Kensington. Some voters report lines, while others saw sparse attendance. What did you see?

When the polling place at the Harding Elementary School in El Cerrito opened this morning, Tuesday, the was a line around the block, poll workers said.

In other polling places, however, voters said the turn-out appeared thin.

"There was a big line around the building," said Linda Giddings, a poll worker describing the scene when the poll opened at Harding Elementary School in El Cerrito. Polls were scheduled to open at 7 a.m.

"We were solid with voters until 10:30," added Giddings, who is El Cerrito's former City Clerk.

A veteran poll worker at Harding said the turn-out there was the most she'd seen in many years of working at polls in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. About 350 people had voted as of 12:30 p.m., she said.

Turn-out appeared be heaviest during the pre-work rush and tapered off considerably in the late morning and early afternoon.

We'd like to know what you saw. You can tell us in the comments. And we'd welcome any photos that you took.

You can find up-the-minute results in this Patch article after polls close tonight and results on the federal and state elections, including state propositions, in the article.

For more details about local contests in El Cerrito and Kensington, see the El Cerrito Patch Election Guide. And for election-related articles from El Cerrito Patch, including letters to the editor and guest columns, check the Elections section of our website. 

Th. November 07, 2012 at 02:28 AM
. I stopped by Harding around 7:30, but the line was to the edge of the building. I came back around 10 and only four or so people ahead of me.
C.T. November 07, 2012 at 04:29 AM
At about 8:00 a.m. there were probably a dozen people over at St. Jerome Church for voting.
Rodney Paul November 07, 2012 at 06:11 PM
There's a lot to be said for voting by mail. It's more convenient and may very well be cheaper for the County. If you were unhappy with the wait, why not re-register now and sign up for this?


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