Voter turnout in Bay County

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Supervisor of Elections,Mark Andersen said for this midterm election, the number of people casting their ballot just kept going up.

But with more people showing up at the polls, usually means a longer line.

Although Andersen told us there was only a long wait at the Panama City Beach Senior Center and everywhere else went smoothly.

Andersen said there was a lot pulling people to the polls this year, some of that he said goes toward the patriotism Bay County residents have.

Andersen also sounded confident that the people of Bay County will have their voice heard this year, especially since the devastation from Hurricane Michael pushed some people to want to make a change.

"I'm thinking the Hurricane energized people, along with the candidates and the issues and the amendments, why not? I would think that. I'm just proud that they had the energy even in the devastation we have that they still show as strong as were showing," he explained.

He also said this is the first year they allowed people to drop off their vote by mail ballots, which is another reason it took a little longer for results to be confirmed.