Packed At The Polls: Eager Voters Kept Canvassers Busy Tuesday
Turnout tally at 48 percent with mail-in ballots still uncounted.
With mail-in ballots remaining uncounted, the Board of Canvassers reports a modest voter turnout at 11,973 for Election Day Tuesday, about 48 percent of eligible voters.
"It was very, very busy," said Board of Canvassers Manager Estelle Corriveau.
Lines of unregistered voters crowded City Hall to sign up to vote for president - thanks to a provision under RI law. The voter count was at 90 at 1 p.m. By 7:30 p.m., with only half an hour left to vote, there was still a line out the door at the Board of Canvassers office.
Polling places across the city reported high numbers and steady attendance throughout the day:
At Bernon Heights School, about 640 voters had turned out by 3 p.m.
At Leo Savoie School, the count was 798 by 1:30 p.m.
At Crepeau Court, there were 243 voters as of 10:30 a.m.
At Our Lady of Martyrs 250 voters had come through as of 9:45 a.m.
During the last presidential election in 2008, 12,360 voters, 64.9 percent, turned out to vote, Corriveau said.