April 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM
Precinct 26 Election Official Ian McClellan of State College projected numbers for today’s election based on elections from years past. He also predicted how many voters would turn out at his polling place, located at the Friends Meeting House, 611 E. Prospect Ave. McClellan said he thinks 621 voters will cast their ballots today in his precinct.
But McClellan’s numbers may be off.
At 2:45 p.m., 26 people voted at Precinct 26 — about four percent of McClellan’s prediction.
“This seriously is a quiet day,” he said.
Voters from Precinct 30 also cast their ballots at Friends Meeting House. They had a total of 15 votes just before 3 p.m.
Election officials from both precincts said their precincts are heavily influenced by student voters.
Anita Fogel, an election official for precinct 30, said many students do not walk all the way to Prospect Avenue to vote.
McClellan said voting might pick up later in the day.
In the meantime, precinct workers occupied themselves by reading books and watching videos on laptops.
Polls close at 8:00 p.m.