More than 10,000 local voters are expected to cast ballots early this year, marking a record in Johnson County.
As of Friday, 1,764 residents had voted early by mail, and 3,134 voted in person, but deputy clerk Reagan Higdon expects the number of walk-in voters to top 10,000, or more than 10 percent of registered voters, by the end of this week.
In 2008, more than 7,700 people voted early at the Johnson County Courthouse, Higdon said. But voters have seven more locations where they can vote early this year, and county voting officials think the increase in options will bring out more voters before the election and on Election Day, as well.
“The more people that show up early to vote, it shows people are interested; and we’ll have a bigger turnout on Election Day,” Higdon said.
The additional early-voting sites were opened to make voting more convenient for residents and help cut down on lines on Election Day, she added.
Johnson County Clerk Sue Ann “Susie” Misiniec said the sites were added this year with the switch to a vote center system, which allows voters to cast their ballots at any of a handful of polling sites throughout the county. In the most recent presidential election, residents could vote early only at the courthouse.