Douglas Polling Station Runs Out Of Ballots

By Mark Moran
Published: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 9:14pm
Updated: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 9:17pm

Voter turnout in Cochise County was so high today that the town of Douglas, on the U.S.-Mexico line, ran out of ballots — twice. Elections officials had to scramble to Bisbee to get more.

In past elections, the 25,000 blank ballots distributed throughout polling places in Cochise County have been more than enough. But by noon today, it was clear that they would need more, said board of Supervisor Ann English.

Lines at polling places in the sleepy border community of Double Adobe, just up the road from Douglas, were as long as two hours. Typically, people wait about 10 minutes to vote there.

English said people spent a lot longer in the booth than they used to — and some reported being confused and a little bit frustrated by new, electronic voting systems.

"It’s taking a lot of hand holders …" said English.

The lines were still after sundown in Douglas, as the temperatures dropped into the 30s.

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