Nearly 5,000 cast early votes

Early vot­ing will con­tinue this week at New­ton County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

A line be­gan to form at 8 a.m. Mon­day and con­tin­ued through­out the week at the New­ton County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing.

What was the rea­son for the crowd? Early vot­ing for the 2016 Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Al­most 5,000 peo­ple cast a bal­lot this week, with polls open at the New­ton County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing, 1113 Usher Street.

Early vot­ing will con­tinue at the Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing Mon­day through Fri­day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 4, as well as a chance to vote on Satur­day, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early vot­ing is open at the Porter Memo­rial Branch of the New­ton County Li­brary, 6191 High­way 212, Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The early bird gets the worm,” said Her­bert Sears, wait­ing in line to vote Mon­day. “I didn’t want to get caught up in the rush of the week. I fig­ured I had the op­por­tu­nity now so I was go­ing to take it.”

Mar­cello Banes, who is run­ning for New­ton County Chair, was cam­paign­ing Mon­day just beyond 150 feet from the polling place, said the crowd was con­stant all morn­ing.

“I think it is a great turnout for the com­mu­nity,” Banes said. “The line has been around the cor­ner pretty much all day.”

Ac­cord­ing to An­gela Man­tle, Direc­tor of the New­ton County Board of Elec­tions, 71,059 vot­ers are reg­is­tered in the county. Of those reg­is­tered vot­ers, 58,192 are ac­tive vot­ers and 12,867 are in­ac­tive vot­ers. In­ac­tive vot­ers are those who have not cast a vote in the pre­vi­ous two fed­eral elec­tions.

Dur­ing the March Pres­i­den­tial Pref­er­ence Pri­mary there were 51,295 reg­is­tered ac­tive vot­ers, with 43.18 per­cent vot­ing. Turnout was higher for the most re­cent pres­i­den­tial elec­tion with 74.97 per­cent of the 43,435 ac­tive New­ton County reg­is­tered vot­ers cast­ing a bal­lot.

“In the pri­mary you could go in there and vote pretty much in two or three min­utes,” said Banes, who has been stand­ing on Pace Street near the Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing dur­ing the pri­mary and the pri­mary runoff. “I think we’ll see this type of turnout for the rest of the early vot­ing cy­cle.”

Bryan Fazio | The Cov­ing­ton News

New­ton County res­i­dents look­ing to cast a bal­lot dur­ing early vot­ing line up out­side the New­ton County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing Mon­day.

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