Officials report strong turnout on Election Day

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After 10:30 p.m. Tuesday some voters in Denton County were still filling out their ballots.

“Dan F. Long Middle School in Carrollton and some places in Frisco were very heavily trafficked,” said Frank Phillips, the Denton County elections administrator.

In north Denton County, voting was heavy at First Baptist Church in Krum, according to officials.

“If you’re in the south part of the county, it’s very busy,” said Phillips, adding voting appeared to be brisk throughout the county’s 97 Election Day polling locations.

For the first four and a half hours of voting today, ballots cast at the busier locations ranged from 400 to almost 600.

Dale Kimble, president and chief executive officer at DATCU, said he saw a line down the front of the south branch and halfway down the back side this morning when he stopped by around 7 a.m.

Kimble said the heavy voting traffic lasted about an hour.

“People were generally in good spirits,” he said.

It was the first time DATCU served as a voting location for the county, taking voters registered in Voting Precinct 1018 at its 3210 Teasley Lane address. Most voting locations were set up inside government buildings, community centers, schools and churches.

Phillips said he is always proud of the results in Denton County.

“Presidential elections are always good voter turnout in Denton County and I don’t really feel like any surprises will be made tonight since there is a pretty strong history of Denton being a Republican county,” Phillips said.

During the 2008 presidential election, 72 percent of registered voters turned out.

“I feel even though we had a decline towards the end of early voting, we will have at least the same amount if not more this time,” said Phillips.

Earlier in the day, at least one Denton resident, Phillip Young, reported some issue with the high turnout in some polling locations.

“I voted there today at First Baptist Church and in my 32 years in Denton I have never seen waiting lines like that,” said Young. “I would say 95 percent of the people there were college age and a number of them I confirmed were from [the University of North Texas].”

There were no reported electronic polling outages and nobody ran out of paper ballots, said Phillips.

Voters were still waiting at Long Middle School at 10:35 p.m.

Staff writers Dawn Cobb and Bj Lewis contributed to this report.



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