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Midland County voters wait more than two hours, numbers released

Voters in Midland County experience long lines (Source: KWES) Voters in Midland County experience long lines (Source: KWES)
MIDLAND COUNTY, TX (KWES) -

If you voted in Midland County last night you may have noticed the lines were longer than usual.

The last person to cast their ballot did it at 9:40 p.m.

There were 16 locations in Midland County where residents could go to submit their ballots for the March Primary but Elections Administrator Deborah Land tells us they might not have been enough.

"We were totally blown away by the turnout but I was really pleased. I think people really did their homework and watched the debates and followed the caucuses on TV," said Land.

There were 24,421 voters in Midland County including early voting but Super Tuesday alone there were 13,980 Midland County residents went out to vote.

Although that number is a big one, there are currently 75,472 registered voters in Midland County, meaning only 32% of registered voters went out to vote but Land said this is a higher average than usual and she thinks it's because of the presidential candidates.

"This will be the first time that we have a clean slate of republican and democratic candidates for the white house and I think it has created renewed interest in voting, democracy and leadership of the country," said Land.

Land said what took the longest during voting was people in the booths carefully choosing who they would vote for and says Midland County elections hopes to have more voting locations in May.

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