Cal Mergen (left) and Lucas Myers talk politics while keeping an eye from time to time on election results at The Bears Den in Byron Nov. 6. Voter turnout was high in both Byron and in Rochester for the election, with the 5 to 6 p.m. hour especially busy. Photos by David Richards
By David Richards
Byron voters turned out in mass numbers for the election Nov. 6. Some residents waited for the better part of an hour just after work for a chance to vote at City Hall. Others, the ones who voted during the day, experienced smaller lines.
When it was all done, turnout for the city of Byron alone was roughly 88 percent, with 2,586 out of 2,939 registered voters placing votes.
Countywide, turnout was at 93.15 percent.
"It was a great turnout, I just wish we could have moved people through more quickly," said Mary Blair-Hoeft, Byron city administrator. "It was steady in the morning, and then from 4 to 7 p.m."
Collectively, Olmsted County favored President Barack Obama and Joe Biden, who received 50.23 (39,341 votes) percent of the vote. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan received 47.03 (36,837) percent of the vote.
In Byron alone, not including absentee ballots, the choice was Romney in a 1,259 vote to 1,236-vote margin.
Lines or no lines, residents seemed to view the election as important.
'"I was intimidated by the line at first, but it wasn't so bad," Byron's Dennis Blank said. "It's your civic duty to do it."