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Near-Record Turnout Creates Voting Chaos

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APEX — Long after many races were decided, someTriangle residents were still trying to cast their ballots. While it wasnot quite a record-breaking turnout at precinct 2001 in Apex, linesstretched around corners and voting continued for two-and-a-half hoursafter polls had closed.

Wednesday morning, the Wake County Board of Elections office wasbuzzing with activity. In addition to the large turnout and a very longballot, people placed address changes and incorrectly marked some ballots.Workers busily tried to sort it all out.

Despite that, voting officials say thereweresome problems onElection Day, and that some changes will be made. Rapid population growth,according to Cherie Poucher, director of elections, created much of theconfusion and delay.

While it wasn't a record, the 58 percent of Wake County registeredvoters who turned out Tuesday was a very large number. The record of 76percent was set in 1992.

Workers continue to audit and double check ballots and forms and willcontinue until officials are sure the count is accurate. Friday morning isthe projected time for certification of election results.

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