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Willmar, Minn., election turnout was 74 percent

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- Election Day voter turnout in Willmar during Tuesday's general election was 74.4 percent, according to City Clerk Kevin Halliday.

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The city had 9,370 registrants when polls opened at 7 a.m. There were 1,476 new registrations and 93 absentee ballot new registrations, bringing the number of total registered voters to 10,939.

There were 7,153 signed voters and 986 absentee voters, bringing the number of total voters to 8,139.

Halliday said the turnout was good because presidential elections always draw the most voters and because of the two heavily advertised state constitutional amendments on same-sex marriage and voter ID.

Also, Halliday said the Minnesota House District 17B contest between Republican incumbent Rep. Bruce Vogel and DFL challenger Mary Sawatzky was a higher draw compared to the race between DFL Sen. Lyle Koenen and incumbent Republican Sen. Joe Gimse in Minnesota District 17.

There was one minor problem. Halliday said a ballot scanner at Calvary Lutheran Church in Ward 4, Precinct 2, locked up after 36 votes. He said the machine was replaced and ballot scanning resumed.

The City Council will meet at 3 p.m. today in conference room No. 1 at the City Office Building to certify the general election results for City Council.

In Ward 1, incumbent Denis Anderson received 1,413 votes. He was unopposed.

In Ward 2, incumbent Tim Johnson received 1,548 votes and Andrew Bjur received 800 votes.

In Ward 3, incumbent Steve Ahmann received 1,520 votes. He was unopposed.

In Ward 4, incumbent Jim Dokken received 1,024 votes and Jay Lawton received 641 votes.

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