Race draws many new voters

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A long line forms outside of First Baptist Church in Denton late Tuesday afternoon as voters try to get in before the polls close, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, in Denton,

Denton County gained 44,200 new registered voters this presidential election. More new voters can mean more long lines.

Dan F. Long Middle School, part of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school district, was the last of the 97 Election Day polling locations to close Tuesday.

“We had someone pick up the last votes sometime after 11:30 p.m. and bring them over,” Denton County Elections Administrator Frank Phillips said. “We completed counting all votes, besides some provisionals left, at 1:23 a.m. here.”

The county experienced a drop in the turnout rate — from 70.87 percent in 2008 to 62.06 percent this year. But the numbers aren’t much different since the increase in registered voters, Phillips said.

“We saw 245,781 voters in the 2008 election, compared with 242,666 in 2012.”

Phillips said he believes the election turnout was great and has hopes it will be the same for local city and school elections next year.

“We always see more turnout during the presidential races than we do in local races. Some say you are affected most closer to home, and hopefully, residents will be more encouraged to go out and vote for more than just national races,” Phillips said.

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