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More than 53,000 people voted in Hamilton County

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - A little more than a quarter of eligible voters showed up at the polls to cast ballots for Thursday's races, according to Hamilton County Election Commission website.

A total of 53,685 ballots were cast at 130 polling locations.

Voter turnout was at 26 percent.

That's actually up compared to the August 2012 primary and general election in Hamilton County which had 50,562 ballots with a 23.41 percent turnout, county records show.

Voters were drawn to the polls to cast ballots in a number of races including the U.S. congressional primaries, local races and state's Supreme Court judges.

Among the races that piqued interest in voters was Chattanooga's domestic partnership referendum -- which would have extended benefits to domestic partners of city employees -- had it passed. A total of 62.6 percent of city voters cast ballots striking it down.

 Last year, a petition led city council members to let the issue go to referendum.

Some believe the issue was a driving force that pushed voters to the polls.

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