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Eleven things overheard today at an election polling place

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Torey Van Oot / Las Vegas Sun

A row of voting machines sits idle Tuesday at the Neighborhood Recreation Center polling site in North Las Vegas. Turnout for the municipal election was expected to hover around 13 percent, election officials said.

The Top 11 things overheard today at a poling place during the sparse-turnout municipal elections in Las Vegas:

11. Polling-place volunteer clearing throat.

10. Crickets -- or is that one cricket? -- chirping, and I cannot figure out from where.

9 Muted siren, far off in the distance.

8. “Did you read today’s Family Circus? Hysterical!”

7. Keys jangling from a janitor’s belt.

6. Whir and clunk of a Pepsi can dropping to the tray in the hallway vending machine.

5. Incessant clicking of a retractable ballpoint pen.

4. The timeless drone from the old multipurpose room clock.

3. Polling-place volunteer blowing nose.

2. The peeling away and reapplying of "I Voted" stickers for the 1,117th time.

1. “You sunk my battleship!”

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