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Ill. election judge waits out polling spot's slog

Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 12:16 p.m. CDT

EDWARDSVILLE (AP) — Keith Dudding has been a southwestern Illinois election judge for a decade, so he knows turnout during state primary elections is traditionally low.

But Dudding considered Tuesday's traffic at his polling site in Madison County's Edwardsville almost one for the books.

Some two and a half hours after St. Paul United Church of Christ opened to voters, Dudding says just two people from his precinct had cast ballots. It has more than 300 registered voters.

Dudding figures many of the voters may have taken part in early balloting, sparing them a trip to the polling place.

Dudding still came prepared with reading material. After all, he says, "any judge who doesn't bring something to keep them busy is going to spend a lot of time staring at the walls."

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