By the time most voters go to the polls on Tuesday’s Election Day, more than 1,000 votes will have been cast in local elections through early voting and mail-in ballots.

The Voter Registration Office had seen 787 walk-ins vote early ­— at either at its office on the Second Floor of the Jefferson County Courthouse or the two satellite voting location at the Jefferson County Health Department and Hanover Park Building that have been open two days each since pre-voting began on Oct. 8 — by the close of business Thursday.

In addition, of the 298 mail-in ballots requested for the General Election, 271 had already been returned by the close of business Thursday.

Tally those together and 1,058 of the voters eligible to decide the elections in Madison and Hanover have already had their say. By comparison, the most recent election locally, the May 7 primary, saw just 1,845 votes cast overall 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.

Whether the turnout for Tuesday will be double that of primary, as early voting might indicate, is not known but with 8,338 voters eligible in Madison and 1,672 in Hanover, there are plenty of votes left to be cast if the races and candidates can get the remaining voters out Tuesday.

In the event of a big turnout on Tuesday, voters still have two more opportunities to vote early at the courthouse and avoid potential lines at the 11 precincts on Election Day. The Voter Registration Office will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Nov. 4 for early voting for all local races in Madison and Hanover.

After that, the polls will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and close at 6 p.m. with vote tabulations beginning soon after at the courthouse.

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