Based on Early Returns, Essex Clerk Anticipates Vote Totals Higher Than 2008

There is high voter turnout in Newark and in South Paterson, with lines forming all morning.

Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin said based on what he has observed so far, he anticipates turnout in Essex today to go north of what it was in 2008, when President Barack Obama won his first term. Essex is the New Jersey county with the most registered Democrats.

“It was 320,000 eight years ago, and 306,000 in 2012,” Durkin said, referring to voter turnout totals in his home county. “2012 would have exceeded 2008 but for Hurricane Sandy. What I am seeing now is the recognition that you cannot escape this election.

“I think the Obama factor still plays today because voters are looking to protect his legacy,” Durkin added. “It’s big for Clinton.”

A source in South Paterson likewise reported lines at the polling places.