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Above average voter turnout in Allen County

Polls opened at 6:30 this morning with a steady stream of voters casting their ballot. Polls opened at 6:30 this morning with a steady stream of voters casting their ballot.
Enough ballots were printed for an 80% turnout, but officials are estimating a "60 to 65%" turnout at the polls, which mirrors a presidential election. Enough ballots were printed for an 80% turnout, but officials are estimating a "60 to 65%" turnout at the polls, which mirrors a presidential election.

Steady and above average, that's what we are hearing from Allen County poll workers.

Polls opened at 6:30 this morning with a steady stream of voters casting their ballot. Some precincts reporting an average of "100 voters an hour" at the start. The Allen County Board of Elections says they are on pace to beat the number of voters that turned out in the 2014 gubernatorial election. Enough ballots were printed for an 80% turnout, but officials are estimating a "60 to 65%" turnout at the polls, which mirrors a presidential election. Allen County has just over 69,000 registered voters and while they won't all show up, we are on track to possibly having a record-breaking turnout. But with the increased number of voters, there have been a few problems.

"Voting seems to be fairly heavy," said Kathy Meyer, Director of the Allen County Board of Elections. "We are getting a lot of voters who are going to the polls and discovering that their registered addresses are not correct. That makes them a provisional voter so we do count those so do what you're told and follow the directions and we will count your ballot."

Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. this evening. You can also find the results on www.hometownstations.com.

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