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Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Last week, Pike County Clerk Melissa Kempke was predicting roughly 65 percent of Pike County voters would cast their ballots in the November General Election.
Kempke’s prediction of 65 percent would equate to 7,147 voters.  There are currently 10,995 voters in Pike County, as of press time.
On Monday, she said she is reconsidering her estimates after absentee voting has slowed down.
According to the county clerk, normally more than 600 Pike Countians vote absentee in a Presidential election year. This year, the number is at 300.
“We are now a week away and if we get 300 ballots in the next week, I’ll be shocked,” Kempke said.
Kempke said she remains optimistic that Pike Countians will still show up to the polls on Tuesday, despite the decrease in absentee voting.
“It won’t be as high as I would like it to be,” Kempke said last week. “I always want it to be 100 percent. I…


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