Voter Turnout Typical for Local Polling Places

Taylor Holt
November 07, 2017 07:49 PM

Duluth voters head out to polling places early Tuesday morning. Polls opened at 7 a.m. for voters to weigh in on several local races, among other items.

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First Luthern Church was one of several polling places in Duluth. Election officials say they saw a larger crowd early Tuesday morning when doors opened. By about 1 p.m. Tuesday, a total of 126 voters had made the way to that polling location. Head Election Judge Peggy Miner says that's a typical number to see for their precinct,  and because it is a smaller non-presidential election. 1,794 voters are registered in the precinct, but they expect to see only about 200. Miner says she would have expected a bigger turnout this year.

"I would have expected more people here given the fact that we've got that referendum regarding the street improvements. I would think that people would want to vote for that," said Miner.

"People sometimes feel like their vote doesn't matter but I think it matters much more in your local elections than it does maybe in Presidential elections," said Samantha Niesche, a Duluth voter.

As far as registering voters, Miner says they haven't had too many problems. Niesche was one of the people who registered at the polling place Tuesday.

"It was really easy. I just literally filled out a sheet of paper with my information like old address and new address and that was that," said Niesche.

Now, people are able to use their cellphones to bring up proper documentation. She says it makes the process easier for them and voters because many people do online billing now. The method was also used during last year's election.

People can register at their polling places. People can also visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website or call City Hall to find their polling place. Polls in Duluth close at 8 Tuesday night.



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