When Jefferson County’s polling places open at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, 1,291 voters will have already made their decisions in one way or another in the municipal races in Madison and Hanover.

That total is more than double the number of early voters the same races saw during the primary election last May.

The mayoral race in Madison and clerk-treasurer and city council races in both Madison and Hanover are the only issues on the ballot but if mail-in voting and early voting are an indication, the general election should see a much stronger turnout than the May primary.

When the Jefferson County Voter Registration Office closed to the public at noon Monday — bringing to an end to early voting — 1,012 of the 8,500 eligible voters (15%) had exercised that option and 279 of the 298 requested mail-in ballots had been returned to the courthouse.

Tally those and 1,291 voters are already done before voting even begins on election day. By comparison, the May 7 primary saw just 1,845 total votes cast in Madison and Hanover for a 24.95 percent voter turnout. Of that total, 472 were early walk-in voters and 130 voted by mail-in absentee ballot.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday with vote tabulations beginning soon after at the courthouse.

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