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Elections office reports busy first day of early voting

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Posted at 1:05 PM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 20:21:40-04

The McLennan County Elections Office reported a busy first day of early voting on Monday. 

Elections Administrator Kathy Van Wolfe said usually there is a 35 to 40 percent turnout for midterm elections. However, she now expects to see more people than usual based on the more than 6,000 ballots by mail received and crowds on Monday.

"Normally on presidential elections, we see this amount of ballots by mail and this amount of activity on the first day of early voting," Van Wolfe said.

On the first day of early voting, Van Wolfe and her employees have been busy answering questions and handling the ballots by mail.

"I expected to be a busy election and I think we will be busy during early voting and on election day too," Van Wolfe said.

Voter Ray Lamb was surprised by the turnout.

"Normally I don't see this amount of turnout. It's usually in and out pretty quick," Lamb said.

However, he and voter Tamma Willis said they know it will not be as crowded as on Nov. 6.

"I think is going to be 10 times busier and I hope people are getting out and voting because it really does matter," Willis said. "I want to make sure my vote is counted for who I want to speak for me."

Early voting runs until Nov. 2 and election day is Nov. 6. The last day to request a ballot by mail is Oct. 26.

To find out forms of acceptable ID to present at the polls, click here.

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