SIDNEY — An estimated 90 percent of all registered Shelby County votes went to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes, said Chris Gibbs, chairperson of the Shelby County Board of Elections. He said the final voter turnout will be more than 90 percent once all the provisional ballots are counted and the election is certified.
“All went as well as expected, and we’re always proud of our poll records. We also had the unofficial results in almost record time, finishing at 9:09 p.m. Shelby County had an exceptional turnout,” he said.
The Board of Elections will meet on Nov. 21 at 7 a.m. to certify the results. Voters have 10 more days to get in their absentee ballots, there are 280 outstanding in the county. There are 627 provisional ballots that were cast that people can bring in identification to fix, for seven more days. From now until Nov. 21 they will determine if those are eligible, then count them during their meeting.
A new rule this year will have the Board of Elections open this weekend. They will be open the rest of this week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from 1-5 p.m., and next Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for people to bring in fixes to their provisional ballots.
The Board sent out teams to all the precients on Tuesday to make sure everything was going okay. They wanted to make sure none of the voter machines got too full. They did empty some machines early once they reached 800 ballots, and sealed them in containers just to make sure they didn’t get to 6:45 p.m. and have full machines, Gibbs said.
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