Officials say voting traffic steady

CNJ staff

By mid-afternoon Tuesday, it had already been a busy day for election workers.

Curry County Clerk Connie Jo Lyman said her office phones have been ringing non-stop with voter questions and poll workers are reporting continuous traffic.

“Every report we’re hearing is that it is very steady, so we may have a good turnout,” Lyman said around 3 p.m.

“It does seem from the calls that we’re getting it’s pretty steady. We’re directing a lot of traffic,” she said, explaining voters are calling to find out where they are supposed to vote and to verify they are registered.

Early voting numbers showed 21 percent of registered Curry County voters had already cast ballots before the polls opened.

In the primary election, only 27 percent of Curry County’s registered voters turned out.

Nationally, the election is predicted to have strong turnout with pre-election polls showing voters around the country are intensely worried about the economy and dissatisfied with the way the federal government is working.

Majorities disapproved of both the Republican and Democratic parties, according to an Associated Press analysis of preliminary exit poll results and pre-election polls.

The economy was the top issue for voters, and about four in 10 said they are worse off financially than they were two years ago. Those who cast ballots expressed dissatisfaction with President Obama as well as the two political parties.

The preliminary findings were based on Election Day and pre-election interviews with more than 9,000 voters.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.