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November 7, 2012

Decision day turns landmark day

Record-setting turnout sweeps the region


Selectman Aboul Khan, himself an unopposed candidate for a seat in the state House of Representatives, was holding his political sign right outside the Community Center as the line grew. At one point just before the doors opened, he said voters stretched through the parking lot reaching right out to its entrance on Route 1.

The choice in the neck-and-neck battle between Democratic Presidential Barack Obama and his Republican Challenger Mitt Romney wasn’t the only reason Seabrook voters were out in force. Tight races were the norm for just about every office available.

“I think this is going to be a historic election,” resident Fran Eaton said, drawing agreement from Sandy Beaudoin.

Even the supervisors of the checklist were busy with those who wanted to register to vote at the polls yesterday. According to Gary Fowler, he estimated about 100 new voters had signed up to cast their ballots by 9:30 a.m.

The first year of the state’s new voter identification law did not appear to pose a problem. All those who were registering to vote brought picture IDs with them, as well as proof of residency and age. And voters also knew to bring a photo ID, according to Carrie Fowler. Those who forgot were not turned away. Affidavits of residency were available for signing.

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