â€œLetâ€™s just say itâ€™s very busy,â€ said Joseph Passarella, the director of voter services for Montgomery County, sounding a little harried. â€œOur phones have been ringing since 6:15 this morning and have been ringing nonstop. Weâ€™ve never had a primary election this busy.â€
Voting lines were long and voter-service phone lines were jammed across the state, from Philadelphia in the southeastern part of the state to Beaver County in the west. â€œWeâ€™re just overwhelmed,â€ said Geri Shuits, a polling clerk in Beaver County. â€œIâ€™ve gotten so many phone calls, I just canâ€™t keep up.â€
Officials said the turnout was shaping up to at least double the 26 percent recorded in the 2004 primary, and perhaps approach that of a general election, even though there is no presidential contest on the Republican side. â€œItâ€™s a crazy day,â€ said Stacy Sterner, chief clerk in Lehigh County, who noted that one polling place had 100 people waiting to vote when it opened at 7 a.m. Eastern time. â€œIf I didnâ€™t know better,â€ she said, â€œI would think it was November.â€
Well, this looks like good news for the Dems regardless of the outcome. However, if the contest goes on any longer, the Dems might be signing up people who will get pissed off at their fellow Dem and flip to McCain.
I’m just saying…