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UPDATE: Voter turnout numbers

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UPDATE 11:15 P.M.

Here are some facts we know tonight. Registrars in Montgomery and Bedford Counties, along with Martinsville are reporting higher voter turnout numbers than what we saw back in 2009.

Roanoke City and County are just below what they saw in 2009. Salem is down about 3%.

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We've been checking with voter registrar offices across our region throughout the day. While the final voter turnout numbers are not in at this point, many of the districts have been reporting higher than expected turnout.

At 3 p.m. Roanoke County and Botetourt were already reporting voting rates at more than 30%. Salem and Bedford County were close behind, with rates at 29%.

We checked in with Grandin Court Elementary School this evening, a polling station that did have some issues this morning. Officials say a printer that verifies voter registration was down for several hours, forcing them to write more than 300 names by hand. Even with the issues, officials say they're reporting a higher turnout than expected.

"I am very surprised," says Bill Foster, the assistant chief at the polling location. "But we are over 50% turnout for this precinct. It's a small precinct but it's very good and we're very pleased with what we've seen."

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