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  • 2010 GENERAL ELECTION: Late rush anticipated at county polls

  • As the 5 p.m. hour rolls around, Crawford County Clerk Don Pyle said he does expect a rush of voters going to polling places after work.

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  • As the 5 p.m. hour rolls around, Crawford County Clerk Don Pyle said he does expect a rush of voters going to polling places after work.
    "I would imagine that we had better be ready for a rush around 5 p.m.," Pyle said.
    Presently, Pyle said that the Crawford County Clerk's office is preparing advanced ballots to be counted. He said that he hopes to start the counting process of those advanced ballots by 5 p.m.
    Polls close, officially, at 7 p.m. in Crawford County.
    Earlier in the day, Pyle said that voter turnout for the 2010 General Election has been "heavy."
    He said that he talked to each of the polling places and they were all heavier than the primary election in August.??
    "Everywhere has been heavier than what you would think for a mid-term election," Pyle said. "It is tough to see how that will translate in the end."
    On Monday, Pyle said that he anticipated about 50 percent voter turnout for this election.
    "I am still sticking with about 50 percent voter turnout," Pyle said.
    As for the election process, Pyle said that there were a few quirks early in the morning, but otherwise things have been running smoothly at each of the county's 16 polling locations.
    "I think things are going pretty well," Pyle said. "We always have a few issues when things are opening up in the morning, but after taking a few little steps, it works."
    This morning, he said, electronic poll book printers had to be re-plugged in and there were some scanners that needed to have paper run out of them because chemicals on the printing rolls were a little degraded.
    In addition, he said that the Clerk's office did receive questions about poll watchers and whether they had filed appropriate paperwork to be monitoring the election.
    "There were just a few calls to make sure that they had filed," Pyle said. "They all had done what they needed to do."
    Pyle said that the supply of ballots at each of the polling locations has been sufficient, but will see if supplies need to be run out later in the afternoon.
    Check with The Morning Sun beginning at 7 p.m. when Matthew Clark and Andrew Nash will give live updates once numbers are received. You can also check our Election Ticker on the homepage for updates.
    Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140
     
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