It’s after 1 in the morning in Boise, and there’s still no final word on how high voter turnout went in Idaho, but Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said, “It was big – it was big everywhere. We had areas that were getting low on ballots.” Yet, he said, voting went “pretty smoothly, from what I heard about wait times,” thanks in part to heavy early and absentee voting in Idaho. Final results are still nowhere in sight, which is particularly important in tight races like the one for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat. Ysursa said, “I’m going to go home for a bit, then come back. This is totally what we anticipated as far as late results.” He’s hoping for final results by 9 a.m. “The turnout may go beyond our wildest expectations,” he said. “To me, the process works. I think it’s good for our democracy and our system to see this kind of voter interest.”
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