Precincts Keep Busy with Steady Flow of Voters
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – Precincts saw a steady flow of voters Tuesday afternoon, according to election officials. Many of those who visited polling places were new registrants.
If you’re one of them, there are a couple of things you’ll need to bring to your precinct.
“You need a photo ID,” said Deana Steel, chief judge of Precinct 19 at Twin Falls Reformed Church. “And something that shows your current address.”
You can find your precinct – print off a registration form – by visiting IdahoVotes.gov. It’s best if you print off and fill the form before you visit your precinct, she said, because it’ll save time when you’re in line.
Steel said the church, which has three precincts, saw a steady flow of voters all day. There haven’t been any rushes or long lines, she said, but expects lines will get longer after 5 p.m.
A line started early this morning at the Twin Falls County West Building, which has two precincts, said election volunteer JoAnn Way. She and her colleagues were expecting a long night, and so they were eating dinner before 3 p.m.
Sharon Lancaster, the county’s deputy clerk, said there’s been a high turnout of early voting this year, with about 1,000 ballots submitted on Friday, the last day to vote early. She said this election has seen a lot of new registrants, both younger people and older people alike.
The Reformed Church and the LDS Stake Center near Orchard Drive are the two busiest polling places in the county, she said.
It’s refreshing to see the older generation get out and register, said Barbara Smith, chief judge at Precinct 20 at the Reformed Church. There seems to a different vibe this presidential election than in recent years. Voters seem to agree.
“I’m 72 years old,” said Dana Ross, who was at the church Tuesday afternoon. “I have never been afraid before – until now.” But, she said, she believes God is in charge and no matter who is the next U.S. president, “he will take care of me.”
After the elections are over, no matter who is president, she hopes the country can come together and be the kind of country she remembers – one that pulls together in tough times instead of apart.
Daniel and Janet Gill voted at the County West Building, and said they are concerned about civil unrest after Tuesday’s results.
“It’s a real concern,” Daniel Gill said, noting he is afraid that results will be skewed. “I’m very concerned that this will be an unfair election.
He said he thinks Hillary Clinton is corrupt, and that Donald Trump, while not the perfect candidate, would at least “change things up.”
“I’m just hoping we have a true accounting of the vote,” Janet Gill said.