Natrona County Sees High Voter Turnout and Delays

Decision Night 2016 saw a big turnout, both at the national and local levels.

Natrona County's Clerk says voters cast the most absentee ballots in county history.

News 13's Tyler Waggenspack joins us live to tell us about the absentee numbers. Tyler, why were results pending?

Brady, Natrona Clerks say numbers were so big, it made counting them difficult.

The 2016 election saw record numbers of voters. So much that Natrona County Clerks had trouble keeping up.

"It was just that there was so many ballots and nobody being used to handling almost double the amount of the largest number of absentee ballots we've ever seen."

And over 11,000 absentee ballots were cast. Natrona County Clerks
say each ballot was checked, making sure they were legitimate.

"It was an awful lot of ballots that needed to be duplicated because people didn't vote correctly."

And ballots were also checked for damage or marked errors. Nancy Good, chief deputy clerk, says each ballot was sorted by hand, making progress difficult.

"It was just so many ballots and it's a manual process for the first part of it, so that does take time."

Good also says the number of ballots were more than expected.

"We were, we knew it was going to be big. I just don't think we realized how big and we did probably underestimate the volume of absentee ballots."

"This is the biggest election in my whole years working for the county this is the biggest number of people that I have seen."

The biggest election and perhaps most historical.

Vitto says nearly 6,200 absentee ballots were cast during the 2008 election, far different from today.

Vitto also says remaining ballots will be checked, and have official results by Thursday.



 
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