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ELECTION 2009--BATTLE FOR POWER / Just how quickly can votes be counted?
Some voters planning to participate in today's House of Representatives election may wonder just how fast the vote counting process can be made and whether there is a link between weather on election day and voter turnout.
The election board of Hachioji, western Tokyo, boasts of its speedy ballot counting in the July 12 Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election, which was seen as a barometer of the general voter mood for the lower house election.
The Hachioji Municipal Election Board touted its speedy counting, of about 258,000 ballots in one hour 44 minutes, or 2,486 votes per minute, the fastest rate of all election boards that handled that election.
The second-fastest ballot counting was in Adachi Ward, which was more than …