Off-Year Election Draws Greater Than Expected Numbers 

According to Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, voterturnout is going to be higher than he originally projected becauseof “intense interest” in referendums, including gay marriage.Dunlap originally projected a 35% turnout, but he now says it appears that voters are outpacing those projections.Another sign is absentee ballots. More than 100,000 people had voted by absentee ballots or early voting before Election Day.While gay marriage is the major draw, residents also arevoting on tax-related referendums and proposals calling for therepeal of the state’s school district consolidation law and anexpansion of the medical marijuana law.