Clerk urges voters to get to polls

Published: May. 14, 2018 at 5:16 PM CDT
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Polls open Tuesday at 8 a.m. CST, and close at 8 p.m. CST.

Lincoln County Clerk Rebecca Rossell says registered voters should vote. She says it is historically proven that people do not make it to primary elections as well as they do to general elections. There are plenty of important issues on this ballot.

She expects about 30 percent voter turnout.

Rossell said that the approximately 1500 early votes cast will be counted on Monday, but no results will be available until at least 8 p.m., after the polls close. Some of the results will take a little longer because there are write-in candidates who filed affidavits to be considered.

While the voting machines (new to Lincoln County in 2016) recognize a write-in vote (as the oval is darkened); each write-in must be tallied by hand. This will take some extra time, according to Rossell. She and four others on the canvassing board hope to get the results as quickly as possible. She said, "People will have to be patient."

There are 24 voting sites in Lincoln County. Folks were able to cast early votes Monday at the Clerk's office. On Tuesday, everyone must vote at their designated site. If anyone is unsure of their site, they can access the information on the Clerk's website:

by entering name and address.