Election Officials: High Number of New Voters Turned Out at the Polls
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – Voters across south-central Idaho turned out at the ballot box Tuesday, but the day after the polls closed election officials are still trying to determine how many of them were new registrants. They expect the number to be high.
“We’re still working on processing them from the polling places,” said Twin Falls County Clerk Kristina Glascock.
Unofficial results from the county posted on Tuesday night showed that 32,707 of 34,442 registered voters had cast their ballots – or 95.02 percent. That percentage will drop when the number of new voters who registered at their precincts is added to the count. Official results will be released next Tuesday, Nov. 15.
“I know presidential elections bring people out who have never voted,” she said, noting young people who are now eligible to vote came to the polls as well as older people who hadn't voted in previous elections. “It just triggers something in people. It’s great because they voted down the ballot.”
No hiccups were detected during the ballot count, Glascock said, and her staff was finished shortly after 11 p.m. She was able to leave the building around 1 a.m.
The night stretched a little longer in Jerome County, where Election Supervisor Cy Lootens was still working at 3 a.m. Precincts in Jerome also saw a lot of new voters who registered at the polls.
I know presidential elections bring people out who have never voted,” says Twin Falls County Clerk Kristina Glascock. “It just triggers something in people. It’s great because they voted down the ballot.
“We had 1,338 new voters who registered,” he said. “That is definitely a high turnout.”
Another 1,600 voters had cast their ballots in early voting. Unofficial results are posted on the county's website. Official results will be made available on Monday, after they are canvased.
“The turnout was great,” Lootens said. “We were definitely busy and had plenty of new registers.”
Blaine County also received a lot of new voter registration cards, said Election Clerk Amy Rivkin, but some of them included a change of address. Overall, the county saw a high turnout at the polls. Official results will be posted on the county's website next Tuesday.
“It was high for an election year,” she said. “It was higher than the 2012 election, and very close to what it was during the 2008 presidential election.”