In-person voting goes smoothly on Primary Election day

Published 1:44 pm Thursday, June 25, 2020

It happened a month later than normal, and most of the action happened through the mail, but the primary election happened Tuesday.

It looked far different than any primary in recent history. Clark County had only one open voting location at Campbell Junior High School.

The final results, though, won’t be known for another week along with how many people actually voted.

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Poll workers at Campbell estimated at least 400 people voted by 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, with more than five hours to go.

Clark County Clerk Michelle Turner said there were 80 to 100 people lined up at Campbell when the polls opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Through the rest of the day, action was steady, poll workers said. With about 15 places for voters to use paper ballots and three more for electronic ballots, there was plenty of space and workers said the line moved quickly.

“Really steady,” poll worker Deanna Shelton said. “That’s how it’s been all day.”

Roy Hudson, a member of the county Board of Elections, agreed.

“It’s been a really smooth day,” he said as the polls closed Tuesday.

When it was time for the polls to close at 6 p.m. only about a dozen people remained in line, and the last person voted at about 6:10 p.m.

Turner said wait times averaged about three minutes throughout the day, and there were no major issues with the process.

“It’s kind of like when you open a new restaurant or business,” Turner said. “With everything being different this year, we had to get situated and get everything going. Once we did, I’m really happy with how it went.”

In addition to the winners and losers, no one will know how many people actually voted until they are counted June 30, Turner said. Turner said the results will be announced at the courthouse at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Final

More than 7,600 people requested ballots online, she said, and nearly 1,300 people voted at the courthouse as absentee voters. That ended Monday afternoon.

Turner said her office received 660 absentee ballots Tuesday, and they will likely continue arriving over the next few days. As long as the ballot was postmarked by the end of Tuesday, it is eligible to be counted.

Turner said there have been a few complaints about the process.

“We’ve taken some flak from people who didn’t know where to vote,” she said. “They didn’t read the newspaper or do social media.”

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