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Polling places receive additional ballots with voter turnout high

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Early voter turnout across Western Massachusetts was so high Tuesday morning that some polling places were running short of ballots before noontime.

In Springfield, the JFK Middle School and Emerson Hall polling places were running short and requesting additional ballots. Similar issues were reported in Chicopee.

An unexpected rise in voter attendance had officials at Emerson Hall in Springfield scrambling for more ballots. Warden Mark Wilson says he usually has about 70 people turn out to vote, but had almost 300 show up before noon. 

The lack of ballots had many voters walk out in frustration.

"I don't understand it. You got to be ready. They should've known there was going to be a lot of people," said voter Eileen Ramos.

More ballots were ordered and delivered to Emerson Hall. Wilson assures voters they have plenty and don't expect to run out again.

In Springfield, election officials had printed enough ballots so that each registered voter in the city could have a backup if there was an issue in voting.

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