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Voter Turnout "A Joke," GOP Committeewoman Laments

With voter turnout dismally low, some committee people questioned the effort to extend hours at the polls today.

Voter Turnout "A Joke," GOP Committeewoman Laments

With voter turnout dismally low, some committee people questioned the effort to extend hours at the polls today.

"You know what's worse than working 13 hours with nobody showing up? Working 14 hours with nobody showing up," said Kathleen Widman, a Republican committee person in the 55th Ward's 29th division.

Widman said today's turnout was among the worst she'd seen since becoming a committee person in 1977. As of about 3 p.m., the polling place had 57 voters. "It's a joke," Widman added.

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