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Voter turnout a mixed bag

One Hoisington race decided by a name drawn from a hat

Barton County Clerk’s Office’s Chris Saenz unpacks voting equipment for last Tuesday’s general election, Monday morning. Earlier in the morning, the Barton County Commission met as the Board of Canvassers and approved the final tally of ballots from the voting.

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 There were few surprises after the Barton County Commission met as the Board of Canvassers Monday morning to review the ballots from last Tuesday’s general election. Voter turnout numbers held close to preliminary totals, ranging widely from zero to over 50 percent, County Clerk Donna Zimmerman said.

However, there was one race decided after a name was drawn from a hat. That fell in the First Ward Hoisington City Council contest.

“Our voter turnout really varied by location,” Zimmerman said. “We had some rural locations where no one voted. Olmitz had the highest voter turn-out at 51.22 percent ...

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