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Angelina County Election Wrap Up

By Christel Phillips

Lufkin, TX (KTRE)- After nearly 30,000 people cast ballots in Angelina County, Tax Assessor-Collector, Thelma "Midget"Sherman say she's pleased with County's turnout.

Sherman says, " Our election day went really great and really smooth and even last night went really well."

Final numbers for county races were not in until after midnight, and that's because of the huge turnout. The process of tallying several write-in candidates and counting paper ballots  took longer than usual.

Sherman says paper ballots are complicated. Election workers have to manually feed in paper ballots to calculate the votes. It is then transferred to an electronic ballot. The whole process can take up a lot time especially when you a major turnout.

"People voted you can deal with that because they got out and voted and that's you want them to do, so it makes you stay later."

Many people remember the nightmare during March's primary elections, when several problems with machines, caused numbers to be extremely late. Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter saw this election as an opportunity for improvement.

"You know you always  want to improve and I think we wanted to improve last night based on what happened in the primary and I think we did that," say Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter.

Both county officials say will sit and re-evaluate this election and use that information to see what still can be improved upon.

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