Out of ballots in New Hampshire

New Hampshire officials were bracing for a monster turnout in New Hampshire today, but it looks like even they might have been caught unprepared. Here's the screaming headline on Drudge right now: "EPIC TURNOUT FOR DEMS — We Are Out of Ballots!" But we may have wait to find out what that means. According to ...

New Hampshire officials were bracing for a monster turnout in New Hampshire today, but it looks like even they might have been caught unprepared. Here's the screaming headline on Drudge right now: "EPIC TURNOUT FOR DEMS -- We Are Out of Ballots!"

But we may have wait to find out what that means. According to pollster Mark Blumenthal, we may not get leaked results until closer to 8 p.m., when the polls close:

In past years, the network consortium that conducts the exit polls distributed mid-day estimates and tabulations to hundreds of journalists that would inevitably leak. In 2006, however, the networks adopted a new policy that restricted access to a small number of analysts in a "quarantine room" for most of the day and did not release the results to the networks and subscriber news organizations until just before the polls closed (information that did ultimately leak to blogs). As far as I know, that process will remain in place today.

New Hampshire officials were bracing for a monster turnout in New Hampshire today, but it looks like even they might have been caught unprepared. Here's the screaming headline on Drudge right now: "EPIC TURNOUT FOR DEMS — We Are Out of Ballots!"

But we may have wait to find out what that means. According to pollster Mark Blumenthal, we may not get leaked results until closer to 8 p.m., when the polls close:

In past years, the network consortium that conducts the exit polls distributed mid-day estimates and tabulations to hundreds of journalists that would inevitably leak. In 2006, however, the networks adopted a new policy that restricted access to a small number of analysts in a "quarantine room" for most of the day and did not release the results to the networks and subscriber news organizations until just before the polls closed (information that did ultimately leak to blogs). As far as I know, that process will remain in place today.

UPDATE: More reports of heavy turnout from New Hampshire's largest newspaper. 

More from Foreign Policy

A Panzerhaubitze 2000 tank howitzer fires during a mission in Ukraine’s Donetsk region.
A Panzerhaubitze 2000 tank howitzer fires during a mission in Ukraine’s Donetsk region.

Lessons for the Next War

Twelve experts weigh in on how to prevent, deter, and—if necessary—fight the next conflict.

An illustration showing a torn Russian flag and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
An illustration showing a torn Russian flag and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It’s High Time to Prepare for Russia’s Collapse

Not planning for the possibility of disintegration betrays a dangerous lack of imagination.

An unexploded tail section of a cluster bomb is seen in Ukraine.
An unexploded tail section of a cluster bomb is seen in Ukraine.

Turkey Is Sending Cold War-Era Cluster Bombs to Ukraine

The artillery-fired cluster munitions could be lethal to Russian troops—and Ukrainian civilians.

A joint session of Congress meets to count the Electoral College vote from the 2008 presidential election the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol  January 8, 2009 in Washington.
A joint session of Congress meets to count the Electoral College vote from the 2008 presidential election the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol January 8, 2009 in Washington.

Congrats, You’re a Member of Congress. Now Listen Up.

Some brief foreign-policy advice for the newest members of the U.S. legislature.