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County auditor: Election was successful

Lost absentee ballots caused minor glitch

November 8, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Overall, Marshall County Auditor Dawn Williams said she was pleased with how Tuesday's general election went.

She did say there were some sources of frustration when long lines of voters formed at some precincts during peak voting times. Williams said the lines were due to people who registered to vote on election day and also voters who lost their absentee ballots and needed a new one.

"It was discouraging to see how many people did not keep track of their (absentee) ballots," Williams said. "There were also a ton of election day registrations. Those really slowed the process down."

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Marshall County Auditor and Recorder Dawn Williams, right, monitors ballots being tabulated along with election officials Tuesday night at the Marshall County Courthouse. Williams said overall she was pleased with how the election went.

Williams said they responded to long lines when they heard about them and responded with additional computers and staff.

Absentee voting ended up being lower than originally expected, but still accounted for more than 50 percent of the votes in the county. A total of 9,813 people in the county voted absentee and 9,135 voted the traditional method Tuesday.

As far as voter turnout, Williams said it was the third highest she knows of as 18,948 voted out of 25,044 registered voters in the county for a turnout rate of 75 percent.

"That will go up a couple of hundred as ballots postmarked the day before the election are still out," Williams said.



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