Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 2:11 pm
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About 100 voters at the Evanston Recreation Center were inconvenienced this morning when a worker failed to unlock the doors. Hamilton County Board of Elections chairman Tim Burke, who went to the scene himself when he heard about the problem, said an employee had forgotten to open the doors. It was 7:15 a.m. when somebody came with a key. The poll workers were locked out too, so it took them a little while to set up even after the doors were opened.
Many area election officials are predicting a bigger voter turnout for this presidential election than four years ago. Hamilton County Board of Elections Director Amy Searcy says she expects between 70 and 73 percent of registered voters will cast ballots.
Deputy Director of the Butler County Board of Elections, Jocyelyn Bucaro says it will likely be about the same as 2008 at close to 70 percent.