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Early voting total nears 7,000

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The pace of early voting has slowed, but it remains on track to break the county’s all-time record.

Over the first five days of early voting (last Monday through Friday), daily totals averaged 1,076. To put that in historical perspective, prior to this year, the single-day voting record was only 1,043, set on the last day of early voting in 2004.

Voting locations are the Decatur Civic Center, Rhome City Hall and Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center.

On Saturday, special branch voting held at Wal-Mart in Decatur drew 622 voters. On Monday, 779 people voted at the Decatur, Rhome and Bridgeport locations.

Polls were open until 7 p.m. Tuesday, and numbers were not available by press time. Last Tuesday’s extended hours voting drew a record 1,366 voters.

The record for early voting in the two-week period leading up to a general election is 8,517, set four years ago. In 2004, 6,992 people voted early, which was a record at the time.

As of the close of polls Monday, 6,783 votes had been cast with four days of early voting to go.

If you haven’t voted yet, early voting continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Friday at Decatur, Bridgeport and Rhome locations. Election Day voting on Nov. 6 will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. according to voting precinct.

A list of Election Day voting locations will be in the weekend Wise County Messenger, and a complete ballot was printed on page 10A in the Oct. 20 Messenger. Copies are still available at the front counter in the Messenger office at 115 S. Trinity.

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