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Final day of multi-state primaries awaits voters in 7 states and DC

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September 14, 2010

New Hampshire Sec'y of State Bill Gardner prepares to administer a busy September 14 primary that includes contests for state house and state senate. The New Hampshire state house, with 400 members, is by far the largest state legislative body in the country.

By Kyle Maichle

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin: The final day of multi-state primary elections await voters in seven states and in Washington, D.C. on September 14, 2010. Voters in Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York State, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. will be casting ballots in the next-to-last primary elections of the year. (Hawaii holds its primary on September 18.)

In Wisconsin, elections officials are expecting record turnout for its primary election. The main attraction for its primary is a hotly contested Republican gubernatorial battle between Scott Walker and Mark Neumann. The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board projects close to 30 percent turnout statewide. Some counties in Wisconsin may have turnout close to fifty percent due to some hotly contested primaries for seats in the Assembly and Senate[1].

New Yorkers will be voting on a variety of races including Governor, Attorney General, State Assembly, State Senate, and U.S. Congress. New York State election officials are expecting a low turnout statewide[2].

Turn-out predictions

The New Hampshire Secretary of State expects a larger than normal turnout for its primary election. A spokesperson for the Secretary of State told the Union-Leader despite their projections of 25 percent its voters statewide will cast ballots, they will expect a large turnout for the Republican primary over Democratic primary. Hotly contested primaries for U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, State House, and State Senate are the main attractions of the Granite State's primary[3].

Voters in Maryland and Washington, D.C. are flocking the polls early thanks to a new no-fault, early voting system in place. Elections officials feel that early voting will ease up long lines at the polls on primary day. At the same time, officials expressed concerns of a large number of absentee and provisional ballots that could delay the result of closely contested races for up to one week. One of the closely contested races in the region is for the Democratic nomination for Mayor of Washington, D.C.. Adrian Fenty is facing a challenge from D.C. Council President Vincent Gray[4].

The Delaware Commissioner of Elections is expecting a low turnout for their statewide primary. The Delaware Primary is a closed primary that could decide some closely contested races on the basis of voter turnout. The Commissioner of Elections expects between 14 to 20 percent of its voters to show up at the polls[5].

The polls close at 8:00 PM local time in Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin[6]. Polls close at 9:00 PM local time in New York and Rhode Island[7].

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