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October 24, 2012

Early voting in county still at record pace

GREENVILLE — Early voting in Hunt County for the November 6 elections continues at a record pace, with more than 3,100 ballots cast in the first two days.

The number of people voting in person Tuesday surpassed the total from Monday, according to Hunt County Elections Administrator Mina Cook, who said her staff has been able to handle the rush of voters.

“We are moving them through,” Cook said. “They are not having to wait at all.”

Cook said 1,212 people voted in person Tuesday, with another 50 ballots arriving by mail and with one military ballot received.

In addition, 12 limited ballots have been cast early through the first two days of early voting.

A limited ballot is accepted when a voter may be registered in a different county than the one in which they are voting, such as a college student who perhaps attends school and lives in Commerce and votes in Hunt County, but is registered in another county.

In that case, the voter is only allowed to vote in those contests which apply to the county or district in which they are registered and which are also on the Hunt County ballots, such as the race for United States president. Those ballots are counted separately on election day and added to the overall total.

The 1,275 early ballots tallied Tuesday, when added to the 1,864 ballots counted Monday, brings the two-day total to 3,139 ballots cast so far.

Early voting for the elections began Monday and will continue through November 2.

Voting will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the Hunt County Voter Administration Office, 2217 Washington Street in downtown Greenville. Extended early voting will also be scheduled at the office between 8 a.m. and noon this Saturday, between 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, October 28 and between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1.

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