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The line was plenty long with voters Tuesday at the Jamestown Civic Center. By 10:30 a.m. approximately 1,300 voters had already cast their ballots. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 4
A child helps his mother with inserting her ballot into the scanner. John M. Steiner / The Sun3 / 4
Voter turnout was strong Tuesday at the Jamestown Civic Center. Lines were long and the voting booths were filled throughout most of the day. John M. Steiner / The Sun4 / 4

The 9,793 Stutsman County voters who participated in the Tuesday general election was second only to the 10,345 voters in the 2016 presidential election, according to Nicole Meland, Stutsman County auditor and chief operating officer.

The lines at the Jamestown Civic Center were constant all day, she said. There were seven poll workers checking identification and the poll book which kept the line moving, she said.

“The Kensal, Pingree and Medina precincts all said they were busier than usual as well,” Meland said.

The canvassing meeting to make the results official will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the County Commission room at the Stutsman County Courthouse, she said.

There were voters with out-of-state IDs who completed ballots to be set aside until the addresses can be verified, he said. Poll workers used an online address confirmation page of the Department of Motor Vehicles to verify and update other addresses on location, she said.

“We did a lot of that today at the vote center,” Meland said.

Voters were already lining up when Darwin Kampletz, a custodian at the Jamestown Civic Center, started unlocking doors at 6:55 a.m. The long line ran from a hallway into the arena where voters cast their ballots.

Megan Kitsch, Jamestown, said after voting that the line moved fast and she hoped the strong turnout meant there were more first-time voters. She said the U.S. Senate race probably brought out voters but that the Measure 3 question brought out more young voters.

“From just talking to people my age I feel that brought a lot of them out,” Kitsch said.