In the past nine days, well over 8,500 people in Lamar County have cast their vote for the general election.
With less than one week left in an election that seems to have become a kind of caricature of itself, many Lamar County residents cite a desire to get the process over with, and the uncertainty of what election day might bring– in the form of long lines and hectic personal or work schedules– as their prime motivator to get to the ballot box early.
But turnout has waned since Saturday, with daily totals now dropping below 1,000. Lamar County Elections Administrator Tricia Johnson said that one reason for the drop is that many people think early voting is over.
“Some people think we’re finished voting. They think (the last day) was either last Friday or Sunday,” because early voting typically occurs in the final two weeks of October, Johnson said.
But election day falls later this year, which gives voters until 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 to vote early. (Election day falls on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November)
During the first week of early voting for this election, turnout was several hundred people above the daily totals from the 2012 election. Only 5,712 people had cast their ballots at this point in 2012.
As of Wednesday, the total number of votes are at 8,762, setting the county on a path to break it’s past record for early voting.