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May 7, 2014

Election, vote centers deemed a success

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According to Kramer, the largest group of voters to turn out for Tuesday’s election fell in the 55 and older age range.

“Clearly the age 55 and older group carried the day,” Kramer said. “Without them, the turnout would have been abysmal.”

As an example, Kramer noted that voters in the age range of 18 to 35 cast less than 500 ballots total for the entire election.

“So that shows you young people still have some issues relative to turning out and voting in a primary,” Kramer said.

While the election in large part proceeded without much issue, Hudson noted that the board did run into some issues when it came to unusually large turnouts at a few vote centers, the most notable of which was the Northside Gym location in Elkhart.

“We had one center that had very high turnout, and we couldn’t have anticipated that, because with vote centers anyone can vote anywhere they want to,” Hudson said. “The Northside Gym was very busy, so we dispatched two more touchscreen voting machines and more voter access cards so they could get their traffic moving through there quicker. Other than that, it was just working through the basic change of address issues for the voters, especially as they related to the public questions. But we handled it.”

Also generating some buzz Tuesday evening was a hiccup involving a memory card from one of the voting machines that was unintentionally left at the Northside Gym after the polls closed, resulting in about an hour and a half delay in the final vote count for that center.

“We had an issue where we had to go to Northside Gym after we thought we had everything in and retrieve a memory card that they failed to bring back,” Hudson said. “So that ended up delaying the results.”

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