Leon County sees 66 percent voter turnout for midterm elections

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By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 7, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Leon County set records for voter turnout this election cycle.

According to the Supervisor of Elections Office, about 66 percent of registered voters turned out for the 2018 midterm election. That’s the highest percentage of turnout since the 1994 midterm elections. In all, more than 140,000 people voted in Leon County.

Mark Earley, Supervisor of Elections, said his office anticipated the high turnout. And, that overall voting went smoothly. He attributed the high turnout to partisanship and overall excitement around the races.

"I think people are really wanting to get out there and get their voice heard. We've been trying to get that message out forever. Especially the last six months or so. And I think the national news, the local news, is really driving people's interest to get out there and get their voice,” he said.

Earley noted that on Tuesday, some polling locations briefly lost power because of thunder storms. However, there was no interruption in voting. Backup methods were in place to accept, and record, ballots.

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