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Election day issues reported in several counties

Election day issues reported in several counties”

During even-numbered years, the public's attention is drawn to national and state elections where control of Congress and the Legislature are determined.

There are two major issues on the ballot today. Because of the machine problem, a voter could pick the same candidate twice, giving them an extra vote.

Deputy Secretary of State Dave Scanlan said the office needed to revise the pages to reflect new requirements under Senate Bill 3, which went into effect September 8, and other changes to how election officials verify absentee ballots.

With elections like these, officials say state issues are what drive people to the polls. The only citizen-initiated question on the ballot - changes proposed to the Clean Election campaign regulations - garnered 218,335 total votes.

With thousands of ballots still awaiting processing, the county election office had received 7,900 ballots back from Longview School District residents by midday Tuesday. But Secretary of State Jon Husted said in person turnout was far below what might have been expected.

But, she said, the low voter turnout is on track with other municipal general elections. The ballot boxes were opened and votes were counted under the supervision of teachers.

"In the year 2017, this day and age with our computer technology and sophistication, it's just unfortunate that that could occur", he said.

"We're pretty happy with that", she said.

The candidate who got the highest number of votes was declared class representatives.

They also have information on voting hours, polling place rules and your rights as a voter.



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