Many brave the rain to hit the polls

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Posted: Nov 2, 2010 7:47 PM by Heather Harel
Updated: Nov 2, 2010 7:47 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - Many people braved the rain to hit the polls today.

Some precincts saw more than double or triple the number of voters that normally cast ballots in mid-term elections.

Every place News 2 went to said their numbers this year are up. A lot of folks told News 2’s Stephanie Ryan that vicious attack ads brought them to the polls.

At Evangeline Fire Station, where only about 500 people are registered, it’s not uncommon to only have 25 voters. Today, however, more than 100 showed up to turn that trend around.

At Broadmoor Middle School earlier today, the tally was up to more than 600 folks with serious issues on their minds.

Some voters worried a parking lot filled all day with parents’ and teachers’ cars, as well as a long walk through the rain to get inside, would drive some people away from the polls.

12,000 of the 273,000 registered voters in East Baton Rouge Parish voted early. Workers at the Registrar’s Office told News 2 they thought that was a good sign of a high overall turnout.

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