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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • 64 percent of county voters cast ballots

  • More than 18,000 ballots were cast in Phelps County in Tuesday’s general election, which featured races for the president, several state and judicial offices and a few local seats.
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  • More than 18,000 ballots were cast in Phelps County in Tuesday’s general election, which featured races for the president, several state and judicial offices and a few local seats.
    A total of 18,388 ballots were cast out of a total 28,633 registered voters in the county, a 64.22 percent turnout rate.
    Last week, Phelps County Clerk Carol Bennett had predicted that 75 percent of the county’s registered voters would turn out.
    Bennett said while she was disappointed with the turnout, she was pleased with how the election went in the county.
    “We had no problems and the election judges did a great job of getting the lines moving, and we had reports from voters who appreciated the efficient way they handled the lines,” Bennett said.
    “We’ve really hit on that (keeping the lines moving) in training,” she said.
    During a brief visit with Bennett Tuesday afternoon, who stayed very busy all day, she reported that voting in Phelps County was going well. 
    She said there hadn’t been any problems with the machines and noted that those waiting in lines to cast their ballots had been very patient.
    This year, a total of 1,956 absentee ballots were cast plus another 19 federal ballots, which allow active duty military overseas to cast votes in the president/vice president election or individuals who moved to Phelps County from another Missouri county after the Oct. 10 registration deadline to vote in state and federal races, Bennett explained.
    “Overall, I was pleased with how everything was handled and I want to thank the voters for their patience and their participation,” the clerk said.
    In the 2008 presidential election, there were 19,637 ballots cast out of 27,383 registered voters at the time in Phelps County. In that election, the voter turnout rate was 71.71 percent.
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