Voter turnout in Lakeville has been so brisk that one election judge is worried they may run out of ballots.
"You should have seen the line out the door this morning," Jerry, the head election judge for Lakeville's Precinct 1, located at the Lakeville Area Arts Center said. "And it hasn't slowed down. We may run out of ballots."
That news isn't as dire as it sounds—in the event of a precinct running out of ballots, Char Friedges, Lakeville's city clerk and election guru, would rush more to the polling site.
But the news does illustrate just how strong turnout has been in this year's general election. When Lakeville Patch visited Kenwood Trail Middle School, the arts center, and Lakeville South High School to observe the vote, most voting booths were full with a steady stream of folks turning out.
"This is super fun," Bonnie Walsh, 20, said as she was exiting Lakeville South High School. She said she's voting for the first time. "I brought my driver's license so I could register and it was no big deal.
"The hardest part was giving the ballot to the machine," she joked. "It just kind of sucks it in. I wasn't ready."
Lakeville's not alone—across the state, turnout is high. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is predicting a voter turnout of 3 million, which is similar to the 2008 numbers when the state lead the nation in voter turnout at 78 percent. In Lakeville in 2008, turnout was a whopping 81 percent, according to the city.
Lakeville Patch will have more on the election as news dictates.