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78% Turnout in Lee County

Nov 16, 2012

Lee County finalized the results for the November 6th election this week and Auditor-Elect Denise Fraise says the 78% turnout was the highest Lee County has seen in the last quarter century.

“We noticed it was busier from the very beginning,” said Fraise.  “Before, it would be that no one would think about it until the last couple of weeks, but now we were just busy every single day.”

Fraise put the turnout at 70% the day after the election, but that did not include late-arriving absentee ballots, provisional ballots or the more than 350 ballots that were copied after polling sites started running out.

Fraise says Lee County’s turnout was 70% in 2008.