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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Election wrap-up

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  • Voter turnout in Pulaski County came to 60.91 percent, just right below the state of Missori's voter turnout at 65.7 percent.
    Pulaski County Clerk Brent Basset said he felt “for the most part, it all went fairly smoothly.”
    According to Bassett, Pulaski County had 2,228 absentee ballots and only a handful of those had to be rejected, which delayed the process.
    Bassett said he thought somewhere between 12 and 20 ballots were rejected by the judges because they weren't completed properly or the information was missing.
    Judges from both the Democratic and Republican parties had a hand in making decisions on the ballots. Bassett said he only had to break one tie on a ballot, which was rejected because it was not notarized and the law requires that type of ballot to be notarized.
    Once the absentee ballots were counted and balanced, Bassett said it was easier to get the various Pulaski County precincts counted.
    Bassett said he was happy with the use of the new scanning and iPad system used in the larger precincts, feeling it made the lines move more quickly.
    Volunteers, judges, and voters seemed to like the use of the scanning and Ipad system as well.
    Alicia Whitaker, a voter at the Waynesville polls, said, “It's nice that they can pull your information up that fast.”
    Velda Johnson, who has been working elections for the last 10 years, said she felt the voters “seemed to like it.”
    With voters standing in lines to vote Tuesday, officials said they felt the Ipad system was a good change and seemed to save time.

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