High turnout delays results, causes long lines at caucus sites

High voter turnouts in Arizona, Idaho and Utah on Tuesday night caused election results to be delayed and saw voters still waiting in lines to cast their ballots even after media outlets had projected winners.

The Democratic caucus in Boise, Idaho, was reportedly the "largest caucus in the history of the United States," City Council member Lauren McLean said, according to the Idaho Statesman.
 
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The caucus began more than two hours late, with turnout much higher than expected. There were also long lines in other polling locations.
 
About 10,000 voters registered ahead of time, with a few thousand more showing up to caucus on Tuesday, according to the Statesman.

“A huge chunk of those reservations came in today and yesterday. We were caught off guard, with too little time to adjust,” said Dean Ferguson, the state party’s communications director.
 
Although the other caucus sites reportedly started on time, results are not to be reported until all caucuses are complete, according to the publication.
 
In Arizona, there were reports of polling places running out of ballots. In Phoenix, additional ballots had to be taken to a voting site because of the overwhelming turnout, The Arizona Republic reported.
 
 
The state had fewer polling sites this year, according to the publication, in addition to an increased number of independent voters showing up to cast ballots.

In Utah, large numbers of voters also turned out in both the Democratic and Republican caucuses.
 
A reporter from Fox 13 News tweeted that results from the Democratic race may not come in until Wednesday morning.

Some precincts reportedly ran out of ballots, resulting in voters having to write their choice on a piece of paper, according to the Fox 13 News reported.