DECATUR– A slow start to early voting didn’t hinder final ballot numbers as of Monday night.
As of 5 pm on Monday, Macon County Clerk Steve Bean says his office had collected just over 1,400 ballots ahead of Tuesday’s consolidated election. That’s just a tick over the 1,300 early ballots they saw during the last municipal election in 2013.
Bean says early voting has become increasingly popular over the years, “We have seen a swing from people showing up to vote on Election Day to just coming to the County Building and casting a ballot early.” As to what effect early voting has on Election Day ballots, Bean says not much, “We are still quite busy on Election Day running between all the precincts, if anything I think the availability of early voting has increased voting numbers, even just slightly.”
Consolidated elections like the one on Tuesday generally garner small voter turnout, Bean said in 2013 just over 16%, or 8,500 registered voters cast a ballot.
As for what his office is anticipating for Tuesday, Bean says it’s still up in the air, “It really depends on what the weather wants to do. If it rains, traditionally people stay home and don’t bother to go out and vote, but if it’s nice, I think we will get an okay turnout.”
The polls open on Tuesday morning at 6 am and will remain open until 7 pm local time. If you need to find your polling place you can go to the County Clerk’s website, or by clicking here.
Tune into WSOY on Tuesday night starting right after the polls close at 7 for a special election show featuring the Byers & Company crew and some special guests.