Early Voting Indicates High Interest In Election

With less than a week to go before next Tuesday’s General Election, Jackson

County voters are turning out in unprecedented large numbers to vote by

absentee ballot by mail and to vote early in person.

According to Carolyn Hurt of the voter registration office with the Jackson

county Clerk, over 1,000 absentee ballots have been requested so far by

county voters. “And voting at the early voting sites in courthouse lobby and

at the Seymour Community Center have been heavy,” Hurt said.

Since the early voting began in the courthouse lobby on Oct. 6, Hurt

reported 55 a day have cast their ballot. When Seymour opened last Monday,

Oct. 20, around 80 voters a day have cast ballots.

If those estimates are accurate over 1,200 Jackson County residents have

already cast a ballot. Adding in the 1,000 mailed absentee could mean over

2,200 early and absentee will be cast in this county.

Hurt said for the 2004 presidential election, 1,600 absentee ballots were

cast.

Residents who wish to vote early can still do so in the courthouse lobby or

at the community center in Seymour (located next to the Seymour Chamber of

Commerce on Chestnut Street) through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon next

Monday, Nov. 3. The courthouse lobby will be open for early voting this

Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. while the Seymour early voting site

will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday.

The polling sites in Vernon Township on election day will be at the school

auxiliary gym for Crothersville and Vernon South voters. Vernon North voters

can cast their ballots at Professional Heating and Cooling on US 31 in

Uniontown. Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. next Tuesday,

Nov. 4.