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Douglas election supervisor 'very pleased' with voting process
by Liz Marino and Tom Spigolon
douglas@neighbornewspapers.com
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Douglas resident Thomas Dugan casts his 2012 ballot at the Ephesus Baptist Church voting precinct in Winston last week.
Douglas resident Thomas Dugan casts his 2012 ballot at the Ephesus Baptist Church voting precinct in Winston last week.
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Douglas County Elections Supervisor Laurie Fulton said she was “very pleased” with how smoothly Election Day voting proceeded despite more than 21,000 voting in 12 hours at the county’s 25 precincts.

The only mechanical problems Douglas County officials dealt with on Election Day was with one machine which stopped working and was taken out of service, Fulton said.

All votes already cast on the machine were saved on a memory card and counted, she said.

A total of 33,830 voted early in a 16-day span before Nov. 6, she noted. About 1,100 voted each day during the first 11 days at the Douglas County Courthouse, but average daily voting dropped to about 500 when four additional early voting locations were opened for the final five days, she said.

“They were not well utilized,” Fulton said of the additional locations.

Heavy early morning rain did not deter voters from their civic duty in the western portion of Douglas County on Election Day.

According to poll manager Angie Henry, 100 voters cast their ballots in the first 30 minutes at the Ephesus Baptist Church precinct.

Operating like a well-oiled machine, voters at Ephesus Baptist Church were generally in and out of the polling place with about a 25-minute wait, according to one voter.

Twenty voters were waiting for the polls to open when workers arrived at 6 a.m., Henry said.

“This is an excellent turnout for a day like this,” she said. “This is a really good precinct.”

There are 3,420 registered voters at the Ephesus Baptist Church precinct, Henry said.

Resident Bill Messer said that he was in line despite the heavy rainfall to “do my civic duty.” He admitted that he could have cast his ballot in early voting, but he enjoys voting in home precinct.

“I love these women here,” Messer said. “They do a fabulous job here. I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to come here and vote.”

Susan Jones said she had been voting in the same precinct for 10 years.

She came out despite the weather “just because our forefathers fought for our right to vote.”

Jo Lewis has been a volunteer poll worker for five years.

The 36-year community resident said she volunteered “because I believe so strongly in the process and just want to do all I can so everyone can get in here to vote as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Total voter turnout in Douglas County was 74 percent for the election.

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