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High Turnout On Election Day In KELOLAND

November 6, 2012, 6:04 PM by Hailey Higgins

High Turnout On Election Day In KELOLAND
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Thousands of people across KELOLAND are flocking to the polls.

The precincts we visited were busy all day, which is typical for a presidential election.

This is the first presidential election Lorien Wichner can cast a ballot in and the 21-year-old isn't wasting any time at Hawthorne Elementary.

"I want the country to be run by somebody who's good at running it and so I thought it was important to vote," Wichner said.

Seventy percent of registered voters are expected to join Wichner, including more seasoned voters like Gary Cone, who says it's his constitutional duty to vote.

"That's why we pay our taxes and do the things we do so we have the right to say," Cone said. "I was in the military and did my duty there also and we fought for this and everybody needs to vote and do what we need to do."

And while Tuesday's turnout is sizeable, it's not necessarily a record setter. The highest voter turnout was 81 percent in 1985.

But at Hawthorne Elementary, these poll workers say more people have come out to vote here than they've seen in 25 years, with 40 percent of registered voters casting a ballot by lunchtime.

And the voters we spoke to say the issues and candidates are important, but it's the principle that brings them to the polls.

"People fought for us to have this right to vote," Nancy Christian said. "So no matter if it was snowing or raining or whatever, I would still be here to vote, because this is America, this is the United States and that's what we stand for, is our rights."

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