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Nearly 1,000 vote on first day

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, October 24, 2012

VOTE HERE, OR HERE OR HERE – With three early voting locations available for the first time in a presidential election, a first-day record was set Monday, according to Wise County Elections Administrator Lannie Noble. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

An early voting record was smashed Monday in Wise County.

According to Elections Administrator Lannie Noble, 985 people cast ballots on the first day of early voting for the Nov. 6 general election, setting a first-day record. The previous record was 682 set four years ago.

“It was way more than I expected,” Noble said Tuesday.

A big reason for the higher vote total might be having more than one early voting location for the first time in a presidential election. Previously, early voting had always taken place in Decatur, but locations in Bridgeport and Rhome were added this year.

On Monday, 633 votes were cast at the Decatur Civic Center, 189 at Rhome City Hall and 163 at the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center.

“I expected around 500 (at the Decatur Civic Center) and about 100 each in Rhome and Bridgeport for a total of about 700,” Noble said.

Each location exceeded expectations, but Noble said there were no long lines, adding that no location reported more than a 3- or 4-minute wait to vote.

Early voting continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Nov. 2 at the Decatur Civic Center, 2010 W. U.S. 380; the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St.; and Rhome City Hall, 105 1st St.

These locations will have extended hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, and the Decatur Wal-Mart will host early voting 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 27.

Presidential election years
early voting day one stats

  • 2000 – 311
  • 2004 – 602
  • 2008 – 682
  • 2012 – 985

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