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Voters hitting the polls strong

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Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun Ignacio Cortez uses an electronic voting machine at Truckee Community Center Tuesday morning.
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Voters on the North Shore and in Truckee were out in full force Tuesday, with poll workers noting a high voter turn out in this mid-term election.

“This is the best I’ve ever seen,” said Kaleta Brown, a polling place clerk in Kings Beach who has been working elections since 1998. “It’s been busier than it ever has been.”

Truckee poll worker Carla Embertson said voters were ready to go first thing on Election Day.

“There’s usually at least some dead time during the voting day, but we started with a big line at 7 a.m. and have been steady ever since,” she said

With no major nation-wide issue to attract people to the polls Tuesday, voters came out for a gamut of reasons, from proposition questions on abortion to the Fourth Congressional District race between Republican John Doolittle and Democrat challenger Charlie Brown.

Placer County precinct workers noted that more and more voters are voting absentee and in the county. Assistant Registrar of Voters Ryan Ronco said the county sent out 80,000 absentee ballots to voters this year. Ronco said 40,000 had been sent in as of election day and that many more were expected to be turned in at the polls.

Meanwhile, poll workers in Truckee had little to say about the value of the newly added Diebold touch-screen voting machines.

“It looked easy in the demo, but we couldn’t get it working this morning,” Embertson said, explaining that poll workers were given a hands-off demo on how to use the machine, but weren’t able to actually touch the thing until 30 minutes before polls opened.”