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Voters turn out to the polls in Crow Wing County

Snowy weather didn't hinder voters from turning out at the polls on Election Day.

Deborah Erickson, Crow Wing County Administrative Services director, said there were 31,636 registered voters at the polls in Crow Wing County, not counting those who registered on Election Day.

Voters Tuesday, Nov. 6, represented 78 percent of registered voters and 65 percent of eligible voters in the county. With the new voters included in the count, Erickson expects the voter turnout to be about 70 percent.

In 2014, the last midterm election, voter turnout was about 56 percent.

Erickson said the significantly higher numbers this time with all precincts reporting good turnout wasn't totally unexpected because of the interest in the sheriff's race. The last precinct the county was waiting on was Oak Lawn Township, which was slowed because of reconciling the two school districts within the precinct.

All precincts reported to the historic courthouse in Brainerd by midnight Tuesday or shortly after. Erickson said the night went smoothly and was one of the earliest for getting election results posted. Erickson praised the staff in the courthouse for their work throughout the night and said she was pleased with how everything went.

"Our election judges did a fabulous job," Erickson said.