Expanded early voting, quicker check-in seen as options


Voter Patricia Predam, Greenwood is checked-in by Connie Kleyn-Siebenthal at the Greenwood Community Center. PHOTO BY JOSHUA MARSHALL

About one in every three Johnson County residents who voted in the fall election cast their ballots early, and even more people are expected to choose that option now that they can go to vote centers across the county.

Voters don’t have to wait in long lines on Election Day the way they did at the Greenwood Community Center, the White River Township library and other popular sites Tuesday, Johnson County Clerk Sue Anne “Susie” Misiniec said. They can instead vote early in the days and weeks before the election.

As a solution to the long lines, Misiniec said she will continue to encourage voters to cast ballots before Election Day.

About 21,000 of the 57,949 Johnson County voters who cast ballots this year voted early, marking a significant increase in early voting. About 11 percent of ballots cast were before Election Day during the last presidential election in 2008.

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