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Stress Free Election Day in DeSoto County

DeSoto always has a big turnout for presidential elections. The county's handling the heavy voter traffic with hardly any problems.
DESOTO COUNTY, MS (abc24.com) - Election workers are describing Election Day in DeSoto County as steady and smooth.

DeSoto always has a big turnout for presidential elections. The county's handling the heavy voter traffic with hardly any problems.

"No problems at all. Easy as can be," says voter Charlotte Blanton. "It went very smoothly," adds Johnny Little.

"Fast," says Leon Massey.

Most DeSoto County voters didn't even have to stand in line, telling us they were in and out in minutes. "About two minutes if that much," Massey says.

"It took me five minutes total," Susan Sheaffer tells abc24.com.

Almost 80 percent of DeSoto's registered voters cast ballots in the 2008 presidential election. The county's on track to come in just under that number this year.

Election workers say problems have been kept to a minimum. They've dealt only with tiny issues and a few voter errors.

"I messed up the first one, but we're good," says Sheaffer. "I voted too many times for the president."

Voters say they had their minds made up well ahead of time, one reason why things are moving along so quickly.

"If you've got to think about it, you don't know what you're going to do anyway," Massey says. "When you come you've got to have your mind made up."

In the last few elections, DeSoto County has had problems with voter registration, especially with people who registered to vote at the DMV. Their applications weren't being processed.

The clerk's office tells us they had about half a dozen of those cases this year, but everyone was allowed to vote.
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