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Lee County experiences 1,300 voter spike Tuesday; prints more ballots

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Voters in Hannibal wait to cast their ballot. Marion County Clerk Valerie Dornberger estimates a turnout as high as 70-75 percent. (Photo/WGEM News) Voters in Hannibal wait to cast their ballot. Marion County Clerk Valerie Dornberger estimates a turnout as high as 70-75 percent. (Photo/WGEM News)

(WGEM) – Election Day was busy around the tri-states, most so in Lee County.

Due to a 1,300 voter spike Tuesday, Lee County Deputy Auditor Denise Fraise said 10 of 22 precincts in Lee County had to use some form of copied ballots printed during Tuesday afternoon.

Fraise says the printed ballots would have to be hand tallied, due to not having scanning codes included on them. County officials were up late into the night hand counting the ballots.

Iowa allows Election Day registration and Fraise said more people registered Tuesday than anticipated. She says they will be ordering more ballots for the 2016 election

Marion County Clerk Valerie Dornberger described heaving voting lines all day long. She estimates a turnout in her county as high as 70-75 percent. Unlike Illinois and Iowa, Missouri voters don't get the chance to vote early unless they have an absentee ballot.

Adams County Clerk Georgia Volm says her office has taken several calls of people asking where their polling place is.

"We've had a lot of people calling for polling places, which is good," Volm said.

Volm said she also estimates a high turnout of around 70 percent, similar to the 2008 general election. At Noon, over 500 people had cast ballots at Quincy's Knights of Columbus Hall.

"I think it's a right and a privilege that we get to do it, and I wanted to show my son how the American process works," Quincy voter Michelle Rajkumar said.

In McDonough County, Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes says things have ran smoothly all day and that polling places have been "not swamped, but they're very steady." She estimates a 65 percent turnout in the county.

"It's a typical presidential year here," DeJaynes said. "McDonough County will vote 65-72 president on a presidential year."

DeJaynes said over 3,000 early or absentee ballots were turned in out of the county's approximately 19,000 registered voters.

Polls in Illinois and Missouri remain open until 7 p.m., while Iowa polls remain open until 9 p.m.

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