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Clark County voters cast early ballots in record numbers this mid-term


About 4,000 more Clark County voters have cast early ballots for this mid-term election than in 2014, according to the Clark County Board of Elections.

“Back in 2014, the last mid-term election, we had just over 10,000 voters cast a ballot,” Clark County Board of Elections Director Jason Baker said. “And so far this year we are up to 14,000,” he said Tuesday morning.

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On Friday, the board of elections saw about 700 people line up to cast an early ballot — that’s the most ever, Baker said. Also, on Sunday, lines went out the door with people waiting to vote.

Lines had become commonplace at the election’s office this year as people have waited to cast their ballot before Tuesday’s mid-term. Clark County voters will help decide heated political races that will impact both federal, state and local politics.

There are about 90,000 registered voters in Clark County.

Baker said the election board had to act quickly when officials realized just how much interest there was by Clark County residents to vote early.

“At first, we were not prepared for it but as we saw the applications come in, we did order more ballots and brought some extra staff in to help with the overload,”

Early voting ended at 2 p.m. Monday.

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Polls are set to open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and will close at 7:30 p.m. Results can be found on SpringfieldNewsSun.com. Baker said the office was getting supplies to the polling station on Monday for election day.

The goal of the election board is to make sure everyone has a good experience when voting, he said.

“I hope they are able to come in quickly, check in, vote and be able to leave the location in a timely matter,” he said. “We don’t want any bottlenecks or any delays in the process.”



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