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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Little Rock election watch

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 8:57 AM

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Was it really 16 years ago? There's never likely to be another night in Little Rock like Election Night 1992. At least not until The Huckster's elevation, I guess. Bianca Jagger. Hunter Thompson slugging margaritas from a mug at Doe's. Dinner with Molly Ivins. Buck Henry and the rest of the Daily Show cast roaming the streets. The War Room in the old Gazette building.

But .... Capture a little of that old-fashioned election excitement TONIGHT.

The Arkansas Blog Election Watch Party starts at 6 p.m. at Rumba, at the corner of the street renamed for President Clinton and Cumberland.

Rumba is open to all ages.

There's a big parking lot -- enter off Commerce Street -- alongside the restaurant. A lot with a pay box is across the intersection on the south side of Markham between the Heritage East and West buildings. Heritage West has the Arkansas Times' neon sign on the corner.

Death by Inches is weighing a journey from the uncivilized portion of Arkansas to join Blog brethren. Should we have nametags for Blog handles? Or is anonymity the proper course?

VOTING REPORTS: Two west Little Rock voters report no lines at their polls -- a church on Mississippi and Annunciation Greek Orthodox. At 7:50 p.m., a healthy line stretched out the door and down the block at Pulaski Heights Presbyterian, the bluest of blue redoubts in Arkansas. WLR voters gave the bum's rush to the Obama volunteer on Mississippi. They cautioned her about maintaining a proper distance from the door and told her not to waste her time. McCain had nobody present.

Did early voting relieve the pressure on election-day voting? Good question. Absentee voting in Arkanas topped 400,000 (counting early votes and mailed absentee ballots), about 40 percent of the total vote for president in 2004.

Below, Brian Chilson visited the Dunbar Community Center, normally a precinct with a heavy black vote, and found no line this morning.

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FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE TUESDAY MORNING

The latest statewide early vote number (doesn't include mail absentees) is 375,669, but it will increase as all the counties report their totals to us.  For calculating turnout in this election, the statewide registration number is 1,684,240.  This includes 131,569 new registrants since the first of the year through the 10/06/08 deadline.
 
2004 early vote total: 300,350 (44,729 absentee)
2004 overall turnout: 1,054,945 out of 1,684,684 registered voters

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