ROCHESTER, Minn. – Voter turnout for Tuesday’s election was high in many places nationwide. That includes locally where the largest city in our area estimates their highest voter turnout in a long time.
Rochester City Clerk Aaron Reeves says for the most part, everything at the city’s 52 precincts went smoothly on Election Day, despite the high volume of voters.
“You kinda heard all these worries about such a contentious election, things might be tense at the polling places, but honestly people were very respectful,” he explains. “Some places obviously had lines during peak times, but really we had no issues — it was a really great process, all of our election judges did an excellent job.”
Around 900 election judges throughout the Med City helped ensure everything went smooth.
Reeves says about 20 percent of the city’s ballots were cast absentee.