About one out of five registered voters in Johnson County cast ballots early, but officials still are bracing for a surge of voters today.
At least 30,000 people are expected to vote today, and the Johnson County Clerk’s Office has been getting ready for a bigger-than-average turnout.
They’ve added three vote centers and as many as 11 more voting machines to each site. Poll workers have been coached to tell voters about where to find vote centers with shorter lines if too many people are waiting to vote. Extra poll workers and voting machines will be on standby to be sent across the county if needed, Johnson County Clerk Sue Anne “Susie” Misiniec said.
“We’ll have extra machines and extra personnel to send,” she said. “We’re already sending 20 machines, 25 machines to some of these vote centers. That’s unheard of.”