Registered voters rally to the polls as early voting has begun in Lamar County and the elections office expects a large turnout.
“We have had a major influx in calls asking our hours, dates and times,” Lamar County Chief Deputy Elections Administrator Amanda McCloure.
“This presidential election has been a touchy subject for a lot of people. People that have never voted or been registered to vote for several years, want to this year and want their voices to be heard. You would be very surprised at the 70 and older crowd that have never voted or been registered but definitely want to be heard this year.”
Early voting for the Nov. 3 elections will be at 231 Lamar Ave. and times:
- Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct 15 and Friday, Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Monday, Oct 19 to Friday, Oct. 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 24 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Monday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Oct. 30 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
McCloure said the elections office has taken in a large number of phone calls concerning mail-in ballots.
“There will be no drop off box,” McCloure said. “If they choose to bring their ballot in, they must bring it to our office and hand-deliver it with a photo ID.”
She said ballots must be signed for and they will stamp it as “hand-delivered.”
“They have to bring in their own ballot and can’t bring someone else’s with them because we have to identify that person and their own ballot in hand,” she said.
McCloure said the elections office will make sanitary precautions and encourage early voting.
“We have four check-in stations and all registered voters in Lamar county can vote here from Oct. 13-30,” she said. “We have germ barriers, hand sanitation stations and we have extra workers on hand for sanitation purposes only.”
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