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Farmington residents voted in large numbers

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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

It's been more than a week since the 2012 general election. The winners have been declared, the campaign signs are gone and, on Tuesday, the city of Farmington released its voter turnout numbers.

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Farmington administrative assistant Cindy Muller is pleased with the turnout of the community's voters. Farmington experienced an 84 percent voter turnout in last week's elections.

At 7 a.m., Nov. 6, the city of Farmington had 11,338 registered voters. An additional 2,021 voters registered at the polls on Election Day. That gave Farmington a total of 13,358 registered voters.

Going in to Election Day, the city of Farmington had received 751 absentee ballots, which were counted on Monday, Nov. 5.

At the polls, Farmington voters cast a total of 10,434 ballots. Combined with the absentee ballots counted the night before, a total of 11,185 ballots were cast locally, Muller said.

Precincts 4 and 6 had the highest voter turnout, with 87 percent registered voters showing up to cast their ballots. Precinct 2 had the fewest registered voters at the polls, with 79 percent.

Regardless, Muller liked what she saw.

"It was a very busy day, but it was very rewarding to see that high of a turnout," she said.

Muller does not have numbers from 2008 or other previous general elections to compare this year's numbers to. Still, she thinks the 2012 general election totals may just have been the highest Farmington has ever experienced.

The busiest time of the day during Election Day was right when the polls opened at 7 a.m., she said. Once that first hour passed, the number of people in line dropped, but stayed steady until the polls closed at 8 p.m. Muller gives a lot of credit to the election judges, who helped make sure the election went smoothly.

"Our judges did a great job, which is saying a lot because they had a busy, long day," Muller said.

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