Voters at the polls – will the turnout be a record?

To be honest, it’s too early to say whether this will be a jaw-dropping record voter turnout in San Mateo County. After having spent most of the day out at the polls, we can’t say we’ve seen yet the kind of lines documented in San Francisco by the Chronicle.

It may have something to do with the fact that nearly 37 percent of our voters Vote by Mail permanently, and many more requested Vote by Mail ballots for this election only.

Nevertheless, there has been a steady stream of voters coming in and out of polling places everywhere. At many moments, all the eSlate voting booths in a precinct were occupied.

“It’s been steady all day, but nothing overwhelming,” said Fern Lucero, a poll worker at First Presbyterian Church in Burlingame.

So we’ll let you be the judge as the minutes whittle down to the close of the polls. In the meantime, we’ve got some pictures and some thoughts from some poll workers to keep you busy until the results start coming in at 8:05 p.m.

At Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Daly City:

Student poll worker handing a voter her access code for the eSlate

“So far, we have more people that came than during all of November, and it’s only 9:15.” – Hugo Palacios, poll worker at Woodrow Wilson.

Voters voting on the eSlates at Woodrow Wilson School in Daly City

At Spruce Elementary School in South San Francisco:

Voters voting on the eSlates at Spruce Elementary School in South San Francisco

“I like this. I could do this all the time.” – Amanda Dougherty, student poll worker at Spruce Elementary.

Student poll worker helping a voter sign the roster at Spruce Elementary School

More to come; off to catch the last half-hour at the polls!

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