Dawes County Clerk Cheryl Feist is very pleased with yesterday’s primary election, saying the tallying went smoothly with almost no problems at all.
Only two of the 2,458 ballots cast were rejected by the electronic scanner, apparently for wrinkles. Two election workers copied the choices onto blank ballots that ran through the scanner with no problems.
Feist was also very pleased with the turnout of 46.6%, one of the highest for a primary election in several cycles and well above the 35% statewide prediction from Secretary of State Bob Evnen.
Feist thinks strong interest in the Chadron City Council race and the Republican race for governor helped fuel the strong turnout.