More than 22K cast bal­lots in early vot­ing

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­

Early vot­ing for the 2016 Gen­eral Elec­tion reached high num­bers in New­ton County as vot­ing lines con­tin­u­ously poured out of the two polling lo­ca­tions through­out the process.

Ac­cord­ing to An­gela Man­tle, Di­rec­tor of the New­ton County Board of Elec­tions, 22,051 peo­ple cast their bal­lot in per­son. An ad­di­tional 1,577 mail-in bal­lots were re­ceived out of 2,286 that were sent out.

Com­bin­ing the in-per­son votes with the mail-in

bal­lots re­ceived 40.6 per­cent of ac­tive vot­ers cast a bal­lot thus far.

With Elec­tion Day polls open Tues­day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., New­ton County will surely top the turnout for the 2016 March Pres­i­den­tial Pref­er­ence Pri­mary, in which 43.18 per­cent, or 22,149, cast a bal­lot.

There will be no early vot­ing Mon­day be­fore polls open Tues­day.

This year’s pres­i­den­tial race has brought peo­ple to the polls in what seem to be large num­bers, as the amount of bal­lots cast prior to Elec­tion day is more than half of the to­tal num­ber of votes for the 2012 elec­tion. Dur­ing the last pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, 43,435 New­ton County vot­ers or 74.97 per­cent cast a bal­lot.

That elec­tion also fea­tured a race for New­ton County Sher­iff. This year, the lo­cal races that are con­tested are New­ton County Chair, coroner and tax com­mis­sioner.

Vot­ers may check their polling lo­ca­tion and pull a sam­ple bal­lot from the Sec­re­tary of State’s My Voter Page.

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