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Friday, May 06, 2016

Campos Reports On Primary Election

Nothing like calling the elections office in a panic at 7 am and learning the phones won't be active until 8:30 am. County Administrators forgot to set the phones to start ringing at 6 am on election day. As an elections judge, I was really worried because I couldn't find all the envelopes and returns. Turns out they were there all along and I missed them because I was still half asleep  Administration Director Luis Campos reported to Council on how competent poll workers handled the election at Council's May 5 meeting. Aside from the phone faux pas, a very busy election went off without a hitch.

Turnout in the Presidential primary was 35.9%. That tops the 33.1% turnout in 2008, when Barack Obama first ran for President.

Campos noted that the turnout in the 2008 general election was 66%, and predicts that number to be topped this Fall.

Campos stated there were "more bodies" at the registrar's disposal, as well as more voting machines. He indicated there were numerous calls (about 20 of them came form me), but that the election went well.

Voter Registrar Dee Rumsey is probably still recovering.

1 comment:

Dave said...

I suspect the General Election turnout will be well over 75%. People want to participate in this national decision. It likely will be one of the most important of their lives and we are well aware of its importance