Regional voter turnout mostly higher than expected

LEWISTON, ID - Nez Perce County Auditor Patty Weeks said she's happy with this year's voter turnout.

More than 17,000 people and roughly 81% of county eligible voters cast their ballot this presidential election. Of those, more than 2,400 people registered to vote the day of elections, which is roughly 40 people shy of a county record set in 2004. The presidential election also sparked a county record breaking the number of absentee voters. Nearly 4,400 people voted absentee this year, which is almost 200 more than those who did so in 2008.

"We're finding more and more people like to vote early, whether it's to come to the court house in person or a lot of people just want their ballot mailed to them," said Weeks.

Numbers were also very high for those people in Latah County opting to vote absentee with more than 3,400 people doing so.

However, Latah County Auditor Susan Petersen said voter turnout numbers were roughly 10% lower than expected with more than 17,000 people and roughly 70% of county eligible voters casting ballots.

And as we head over to the Washington side of the voter spectrum to Asotin and Whitman counties, votes are still being collected and counted.

According to Asotin County Auditor Darla McKay more than 10,000 ballots have been returned and 73% of eligible voters have cast their votes as of Wednesday.

Whitman County Election Supervisor Debbie Hooper said roughly 15,000 ballots have been returned and 82% of eligible voters have cast their votes as of Thursday.

Official election results for both Asotin and Whitman Counties will be posted on November 27th.