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November 1, 2012

Early voting continues through noon on Monday

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Floyd County saw a rush of early voters Saturday, as 220 people cast ballots in seven hours.

Floyd County Clerk Linda Moeller said there was some confusion about the deadline to early vote, as she credited the high total of ballots submitted in part to an assumption by some that Saturday was the final day for the service.

“It’s easy to confuse all these deadline dates,” she said.

But Floyd County voters can cast early ballots through noon on Monday ahead of the general election on Tuesday. The clerk’s office will again be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for early voting.

Today and Friday voters can cast ballots in the clerk’s office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday.

Oct. 8 was the first day for early voting, and Oct. 9 was the deadline for people to register to vote for Tuesday’s election. As of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, 2,120 early ballots had been cast in the clerk’s office, and 1,416 absentee ballots had been received in the mail.

Though there are still absentee ballots out and more early voters are expected, Moeller said it’s doubtful the early voting totals will equal the 2008 general election sum.

When President Barack Obama defeated Sen. John McCain in 2008, more than 7,000 early votes were received in Floyd County.

“But turnout at the polls was way down,” Moeller countered.

Students, military employees working overseas and shut-ins are the primary users of absentee ballots, she said. Early voting in the clerk’s office keeps people from waiting in long lines on Election Day, and also serves those who may have work conflicts on Tuesday, Moeller continued.

“This is just a convenience for people to make sure that everybody has the opportunity to vote,” she said.

Both the Democratic and Republican parties are still seeking poll workers for Tuesday, according to Moeller. Those interested in working can call the clerk’s office at 812-948-5415.

Polling sites will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday for the general election. For more information, visit the clerk’s website at www.floydcounty.in.gov/countyoffices/clerk.

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