EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSVOTER TURNOUT
from Eyewitness News Online
Number Of Voters Not At Its Highest, But Up From Primary
Reported by: Katy Brown
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Katy Brown
Reported: Nov. 7, 2012 10:34 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 8, 2012 2:18 AM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Polls are closed. Votes are tallied. And the elections in West Virginia ran smoothly with only a few hiccups to report.
"Machines that need paper rolls changed and that slowed down places at precincts where you might've had to close some. One supply clerk picked up the wrong machines and so when they went to their precinct it wasn't programmed to the right precinct with the right candidates in it," said Secretary of State, Natalie Tennant, "Some computer problems here and there. A lot of phone calls from voters who wanted to know their polling places."
Putnam County saw a fair amount of voters come out to the polls, with a little more than 23,000 voters casting their vote.
"Thankfully you have a lot of people come out and cast their ballot," said Putnam County Commissioner Joe Haynes. "That's a good thing but it takes a little longer to count the votes."
Voter turnout fell short of expectations in both Kanawha and Putnam Counties, which each saw only slightly more than 50% of registered voters go to the polls.
In the 2008 presidential election, the turnout was about 58%.
And while the timing of Hurricane Sandy last week hurt early voter turnout, it could have been much worse.
"You kow the silver lining was that it happened last week, last Monday and Tuesday, instead of this week Monday and Tuesday," said Tennant.
And had Sandy hit just a week later, the immeidate attention and response from state and local officals may not have been possible.
"Some had precinct changes. Some were voting out of National Guard tents. But at the same time because we had that intensity so high, because we were on high alert, and because we had even more communication, those storm counties ran great elections," said Tennant.
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