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Farmington residents voted in large numbers

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.

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.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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