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Voter turnout high in election

Published 11:19am Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election Day in Alexander City saw a high voter turnout throughout the county – 18,104 ballots were cast, not including absentee and provisional ballots – more than 55 percent of the 32,582 registered voters.

“It was a really big turnout,” said Marjorie Archer with the Board of Registrars. “They’ve been outside in line. I voted at 11 a.m. at Manoy, and I was already No. 353.”

Gloria Sinclair said although for the most part Election Day went smoothly, there were some minor issues at a few of the polling places.

“We got a couple calls about some people being too close to the polling places (campaigning),” Sinclair said. “We had law enforcement go out, and I think they were all OK – they were 30 feet away.”

Technical problems also arose at different polling places, like the power outage at Moncrief Polling Place.

“The poll workers were very calm about it, and I think the voters were (too),” Sinclair said. Voters were still able to cast their ballots, which were then tallied once power was restored.

Machinery jams also cause problems, particularly at the Alexander City Housing Authority polling place.

“The custodian that went out to check on it tried and couldn’t find anything, so he called the ES&S, which is the company that provides all the voting machines and material,” Sinclair said.

Sinclair said all problems were resolved.

Archer and Sinclair both emphasized the high voter turnout for the day.

“I think they’re ready for a change,” Archer said. “I think the presidential election brought people out, and I think the local races brought them out too.”

Provisional ballots in Tallapoosa County Tuesday, and they may impact local close races.

“I’m so very thankful that the people went out and voted and so very grateful to our poll workers,” Sinclair said. “They’ve had long, long day.