HUNTSVILLE — Voters seeking to avoid election day lines headed to polls at the Scott County Office Building here and the Oneida Municipal Services Building Friday at record levels.
According to figures released by Scott County Administrator of Elections Gabe Krahn, 457 voters cast ballots in person at either polling location Friday. Polls were open eight hours for the first day of the early voting period, which will continue through Aug. 2.
Additionally, 15 absentee ballots were received Friday, joining the 164 that had already been received since paper ballots began to be accepted on June 24, for a grand total of 636 voters who had already made their preferences for the Aug. 7 general election and state primary after the first day of early voting.
Both the number of persons who voted in person Friday and the total number of votes were records for the first day of early voting.
In 2010, the last major election year, 371 voters cast their ballots in person the first day of early voting. In 2006, which — like 2014 — featured 8th Judicial District seats on the ballot in addition to county seats, some 340 persons appeared at the polls to vote on the first day of the early voting period.
In general, the percentage of voters who cast their ballots during the early voting period increases each election cycle. In 2010, nearly 60 percent of those who voted did so during the early voting period.
In addition, a strong voter turnout is expected in Scott County this year, with a number of contested races of local interest on the ballot.
Early voting continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Early voting hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday next week, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.