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Voters upset over late Boone County election returns

Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks did not have 100% of his votes counted until around 11 p.m. on Primary Election Night. (Mark Slavit/KRCG 13)

Some voters complained on Tuesday that they wanted quicker results on election night in Boone County.

Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks did not have 100% of his votes counted until around 11 p.m.

Burks said late election returns in Boone County were nothing new.

Burks said everyone in the Boone County Clerk’s office worked as fast as they could.

Burks said absentee ballots were reported on time about 7 p.m. He said ballots from the polls were usually reported in waves over several hours at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. Burks said the main problem was getting ballots from parts of the county that are far from his office in Columbia.

Burks said, “We just have a couple of polling places in Sturgeon, Centralia and Harrisburg that are about 45 minutes away from The Government Center. They finally got their results to us by about 10:00 p.m. which is pretty normal. I’d like to get it quicker. Some of it has to do with our equipment and how far our polling places are.”

Burks said his voting machines and other equipment did not cause any delays during the primary election. Burks said a lot of his software was old and needed replacing.

Burks’ prediction of a 38% voter turnout was exactly right.

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