Early voting ends at noon on July 28

Friday, July 20, 2012

From staff reports

Early voting in Marshall County has been steady with no waiting at the election office in the Hardison Office Annex on College Street.

Because political parties are holding primaries voters selecting candidates for the state and federal legislative elections in November must declare a party affiliation, or just vote in the county general election.

So far, 505 people voted in the Republican primary and 357 voted in the Democratic primary, indicating a percentage breakdown of nearly 58.6 percent aligning themselves with the GOP and about 41.4 percent participating in the Democratic primary.

As of Wednesday evening, 953 people had voted in Marshall County, thereby indicating 91 people voted only in the county general election.

The total number of people voting included 294 absentee ballots received by mail.

There were 223 people who showed up at the poll for early voting on the first day one week ago.

"We've had good turnout," County Elections Administrator Tristan Arnold said Thursday between her duties receiving voters, checking identification cards and providing the paperwork needed by poll workers to usher people into voting booths.

"There's no waiting," she said. "Voting has been steady. It's been steady every day."