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Statewide voter turnout hits record

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By Ashley Conroy - email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -- Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said on Wednesday that Tuesday's mid-term election results reached records.

Hosemann said their office is estimating that the overall turn out will likely be around 750 thousand.

In 2006, during the last mid-term elections, it was around 600 thousand. He said this number even beats the number of votes during the 2008 gubernatorial race.

"Probably the highest turn out we've ever had for a non-gubernatorial election." Hosemann continued, "In fact, preliminary numbers show that we'll be have more people vote than voted in the gubernatorial election last time."

In Madison Co. precincts this posed problems as some locations didn't have enough booths to accommodate the masses.

"It turned to be a disaster, it turned out to be a big disaster," District 1 Madison Co. Election Commissioner Timothy Jenkins said.

Jenkins said they base how many booths they have at each location on previous mid-term elections.

But next time, he said they plan to have more. "The minimum is going to be higher than it was yesterday."

Secretary Hosemann said he was excited to see these numbers so high and have so many cast their ballot. But he also said the lines may have been so long in some cases that people didn't end up voting.

"A lot of enthusiastic voters and I hope none of them were turned away, but I'm afraid some of them probably were."

Jenkins said more than a third of registered Madison co. residents voted on Tuesday. "We had just over 36 percent of registered voters in Madison they turned out to vote yesterday, and we weren't expecting that."

Hosemann said these numbers reflect the average of how Mississippians statewide turned out to vote.

"We had a record turnout more than we've had in gubernatorial elections and I was real pleased to see Mississippians go to the ballot box and we were able to get them in and get them voted."

 Meantime, election officials said affidavit votes are still being counted.

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