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Friday, November 8, 2002


Carlisle gives a resounding yes to Romney 77.5% vote in Carlisle in hotly contested election

On election day, last Tuesday, 2,560 voters went to the polls in the Carlisle Town Hall to cast their ballots. Of the 3,308 registered voters in town, 77.5% of that number voted, making for a good turn-out in this midterm election. This figure compared favorably with the state's overall turn-out of 63%.

After passing an array of signs promoting candidates and ballot questions, held high at the entrance to the Town Hall, voters wended their way through a crowded parking lot, some-times having to wait over 10 minutes to find a parking place. Once inside, however, the steady stream of voters throughout the day made their way eagerly into voting booths, then placed their ballots in the antique ballot box.

According to assistant town clerk Irene Blake, a long line of voters was waiting for the polls to open at 7 a.m. Within the first 15 minutes, 75 people had voted. During the very busy morning hours, aproximately 200 ballots an hour were cast, with the ballot box registering 1,300 at noontime. By 5:30 in the afternoon, the vote was 2,068; and the final tally at 8 p.m. was 2,560. Included in this number were 200 absentee ballots.
Despite the Democratic signs for gubernatorial candidate Shannon O'Brien, Mitt Romney won the race two to one in Carlisle. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito