When the dust had settled on election night, voters across the country had brought President Barack Obama back for a second term, local voters had brought change through a new recreation center and election workers wondered if they should have brought a referee.
Sixty-four percent of the county’s 35,102 registered voters showed up at the polls during early voting and on Election Day – about 3 percent less than the turnout in the presidential election four years ago, according to Elections Administrator Lois Joplin. Some spent their time waiting in line voicing political opinions to others who didn’t particularly want to hear them.
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