Early voter turn-out strong for De Soto

Mike and Nancy O'Connor cast their ballots for the mid-term election on the electronic polls at the De Soto Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 2. "We always vote together and usually almost the same," said Nancy O'Connor.

Mike and Nancy O'Connor cast their ballots for the mid-term election on the electronic polls at the De Soto Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 2. "We always vote together and usually almost the same," said Nancy O'Connor. by Laura Herring

The early turn-out of De Soto voters was strong, according to supervising election judges at both of De Soto's polling locations. "We've had a very strong start," said Christine Peterson, the supervising judge at the De Soto VFW. "It's been a very steady stream of voters all morning, we've even had a line several times."

The VFW is serving more voters in this mid-term election than it did in the August primary because the polling station at the De Soto Methodist church closed, giving the VFW more precincts to serve.

Despite having to wait in line, few voters left without submitting their ballot.

"I think it really helps that we have a nice, indoor space for people to wait," Peterson said. "No one has to stand outside in the cold so everyone's being very patient."

The De Soto Community Center also saw a strong early turn-out.

"There was a large turn-out right off the bat, I'd say at least 70-80 by now (9:30 a.m.)," said supervising judge David Wayne. "Certainly more than I expected for a mid-term election."

Polls are open until 7 p.m. If you are unsure of your polling location, you can look it up at www.jocoelection.org. Check back to the Explorer throughout the day for more coverage of the election.

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