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Near-Record Turnout Creates Voting Chaos

Posted November 6, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— Long after many races were decided, some Triangle residents were still trying to cast their ballots. While it was not quite a record-breaking turnout at precinct 2001 in Apex, lines stretched around corners and voting continued for two-and-a-half hours after polls had closed.

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

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

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

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