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Midterms bring out high voter numbers

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In some parts of the area -- it was the highest mid-term voter turnout in several election cycles.

Now with all the ballots counted --we know just how strong the voter participation was in the Four-States.

It was a busy day for election officials during Tuesday's general election. 

Kimberly Bell, McDonald County, MO Clerk:"It was a seventeen plus hour day."

Rodney Edmonson, Cherokee County, KS Clerk:"I think people are really getting energized."

Something that spilled over into Wednesday, as officials certify election results from a general election with voter turnout that far exceeded expectations.

Edmonson:"We had a little over 43 percent.. about 43-point-six percent turnout. The last two midterms, in 20-10 and 20-14, saw a 37-percent turnout."

In fact, in Cherokee County -- this years turnout was the highest it's been since 2006.

More than 15 hundred of the ballots that were cast in the county were early voters, keeping the polls moving without many problems. 

Edmonson:"This has helped us tremendously as voters get more in tune with voting early, it takes a lot of the pressure off at the polling places, we don't see those lines backing up."

It was a different story in many counties in Missouri though, as lines backed up at several polling places, like in Joplin where some people waited for almost an hour to cast their ballot.. and at a polling place in Carthage where a ballot machine went down.

And in McDonald county, many polling places saw more voters than they have in any other election.

Bell:"Most of them had voters there at 6 o'clock in the morning to vote, and then all the way up till 7."

While Edmonson says early voting has played a big role in Cherokee county, Bell doesn't feel like it would have quite the same effect in McDonald county."

Bell:"I don't think they really understand the difference between absentee and early voting, they think because they come in and absentee that they are early voting, so it wouldn't have a big impact on us at all, as far as how I feel about it, because it wouldn't work much differently.. besides being more expensive."

Officials in Cherokee county mailed out more than a thousand early voting ballots this year.. more than they've ever done before. 

More voter turnout numbers:

Missouri:

McDonald county, 50.23 percent voter turnout. 

Newton county, 57.43 percent voter turnout.

Jasper county, 52.83 percent turnout. 

Kansas:

Cherokee county, 43.6 percent turnout

Crawford county, 58.22 percent turnout. 

Bourbon county, 40.29 percent turnout

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