North Idaho

Record voter turnout in Kootenai County

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The 2016 election had the highest voter turnout in history for Kootenai County.

"This is a very strange election," said Diane Raley after casting her vote at a polling location Tuesday.

Diane says that may be why so many people are voting in this election.

"We've had unprecedented turnout," said Jim Brannon, Kootenai county's county clerk.

Before the polls even opened Tuesday morning, more than 20 thousand people had already voted in the county.

8,500 people voted early and another 11,500 turned in absentee ballots.

It's the most returns on ballots the county has ever seen.

Diane's husband Jack says more people voting in a great thing, "It's critical I think. Not just for the presidency, which is getting all the press and so forth, but for some of the down ballot measures and candidates that I've seen around the country. Those are probably equally if not more important in some ways."

Brannon also thinks its more than just the presidential candidates driving people to vote.

"There's definitely a distinction at the top of the ticket, but there are also important races down the ticket in Kootenai county as well," said Brannon.

The high turn out means a lot more ballots to count. Local results for Kootenai County are not expected to be in until 3 a.m. Wednesday.

And for Jack and Diane, the sooner this election is over, the better.

"I'm tired of it," said Diane.

"That makes two of us," said Jack.