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Idaho Voter Turnout High, But Misses Projection

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - State election officials say voters turned out in big numbers to take part in the midterm elections, but the unofficial tally fell a little short of expectations.

Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst estimates turnout at 60 percent in Tuesday's election, below the 63 percent turnout projected Monday.

Hurst says an official tally won't be known until counties and the state canvass ballots this month.

A 60 percent turnout would match participation in the 2006 midterm election, but slightly below the 2002 midterm when 61.3 percent of the state's registered voter cast ballots.

Overall, Hurst says he is pleased with the election, though there were few glitches and counting delays.

In Jerome County, four precincts ran out of ballots and had to make photocopies for a turnout that exceeded expectations.
      
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