Campaigners and voters turn out in force in Bristol


At 6:40 a.m. voters were lined up outside the doors at the Quinta-Gamelin Army Reserve Center wating for the polls to open at 7 a.m. At 10 a.m., voters were still lined up, 15 people or more deep and the parking lot jammed with cars.

"This is the biggest district," said a poll worker trying to keep pace with the voters.

Shortly after 11 a.m., a voter exited the building after standing in line for an hour and a half waiting to vote. Another man simply left the building, deciding to try back later.

Earlier, a disabled car blocked half the driveway going in to the building off Asylum Road. Antonio Teixeira who was there as a candidate for town administrator, took on the role of traffic cop, safey directing motorists around the disabled vehicle.

"You do what you have to do," he said.

A short while later a flatbed arrived to carry the vehicle away and Mr. Teixeira focused on greeting voters.

For many candidates, the day began early, strategically placing signs and banners where they'll get the most visibility.

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It is both exciting and uplifting to hear that voters are coming out en masse to cast their ballots! To have people lined up at 6:40 in the morning is absolutely amazing!!

We are blessed to have so many great candidates to choose from locally! Thanks so all that volunteered to serve their town! May the best men/women win!

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