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VALPARAISO — Bob Poparad said he was going to watch a little television and go to bed at a decent time Tuesday night. If Porter County vote totals weren't available, he'd check them in the morning.

"It is sad, really sad how they are running this election. There are a lot of upset people," said Poparad, a Democrat who is running against Porter County Council President Andy Bozak, a Republican, for the council's District 1 seat.

Both Poparad and Bozak expressed frustration in the problems with voting in Porter County Tuesday with 12 precincts opening late and having their hours extended, delaying vote totals.

Bozak said he was trying to be patient and, because his name is on the ballot, trying to stay out of the fray which had Democrats and Republicans in and out of court Tuesday.

"I am feeling pretty confident. I spent 12 hours at the polls and I feel positive," Bozak said. 

"There was a heavy turnout. Americans came out and voted. We'll see what happens," Poparad said.

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Porter County Reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.