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Busy Precincts

June 1, 2004, 4:55 PM by Anna Peters

Busy Precincts

For Larry Diedrich and Stephanie Herseth it's a day of last minute handshakes. And, for poll workers it's just as busy. South Dakota Secretary of State Chris Nelson says he hasn't heard from a single precinct that hasn't seen higher than usual turnout.

The church at 57th Street and Minnesota Avenue always sees a lot of voters. But volunteers at the Lincoln County precincts are extra busy.

"A little more crowded than normal. Seems like more of a voter turnout I think than what we normally have in this precinct," says Lincoln County Voter Jim Wallace.

In just forty-five minutes, nearly one-hundred people cast their ballots.

Across county lines, at Mark Twain Elementary School the numbers aren't as high. But, volunteers say they've seen a steady flow through the Minnehaha County gymnasium. In twenty-five minutes, we saw thirty voters.

The Secretary of State predicts a fifty-two-percent turnout. And most of the people we talked with wouldn't be surprised to see that happen.

"We will have a really busy day. That would be fantastic. That would be great," says Voting Superintendent Marlene Muehl.

"I think it's possible that it could go higher. I know in our neighborhood, McKennan Park there has been a big interest and a lot of people," says Donna Dexter.

"The more participation you have, the better," says Wallace.

Because of the high turnout and more absentee ballots than usual. It may take longer than usual to get results.

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