Many in county cast ballots early
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 11:00 AM
More than 1,100 Jefferson County residents voted early for today's midterm primary elections.
EARLY VOTER: Precinct 5-1 election judge Sheila Morgan tells Calvin Heeke that the machine is ready for him to vote at E.O. Muncie Elementary School this morning. In addition to the candidates on the primary ballot, voters will be asked to approve or reject a Madison Consolidated Schools’ building referendum. The polls are open until 6 p.m. today. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchiefirstname.lastname@example.org)
There were 257 votes by mail, 851 in-person, 23 travel board votes - for those unable to leave their homes - and one email vote for a total of 1,132 votes.
According to the voter registration office, this year's absentee voter turnout more than doubles the number of early voters in May 2010 - the last midterm primary election. That primary had just 483 absentee ballots cast and an overall voter turnout of 23 percent.
Jefferson County has 22,279 registered voters throughout 26 precincts.
The polls opened at 6 a.m. today and close at 6 p.m.