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Was Your Polling Place Crowded?

We're getting mixed reports about the turn-out at the polls for today's voting in El Cerrito and Kensington. Some voters report lines, while others saw sparse attendance. What did you see?

Was Your Polling Place Crowded? Was Your Polling Place Crowded? Was Your Polling Place Crowded?

When the polling place at the Harding Elementary School in El Cerrito opened this morning, Tuesday, the was a line around the block, poll workers said.

In other polling places, however, voters said the turn-out appeared thin.

"There was a big line around the building," said Linda Giddings, a poll worker describing the scene when the poll opened at Harding Elementary School in El Cerrito. Polls were scheduled to open at 7 a.m.

"We were solid with voters until 10:30," added Giddings, who is El Cerrito's former City Clerk.

A veteran poll worker at Harding said the turn-out there was the most she'd seen in many years of working at polls in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. About 350 people had voted as of 12:30 p.m., she said.

Turn-out appeared be heaviest during the pre-work rush and tapered off considerably in the late morning and early afternoon.

We'd like to know what you saw. You can tell us in the comments. And we'd welcome any photos that you took.

You can find up-the-minute results in this Patch article after polls close tonight and results on the federal and state elections, including state propositions, in the article.

For more details about local contests in El Cerrito and Kensington, see the El Cerrito Patch Election Guide. And for election-related articles from El Cerrito Patch, including letters to the editor and guest columns, check the  Elections section of our website. 

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