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A county election official expects high turnout for Tuesday’s election.
“The midterm elections usually have low turnout, but if the absentee precinct is any indication, this time is going to be a lot different,” county election official Cassie Stump said. “We’ve already voted over 2,000 and that’s huge for our office.”
Stump said there are 47,287 registered voters in Lancaster County.
“I think the Spratt/Mulvaney (U.S. House District 5) race has increased interest in our area and the four candidates in the (Lancaster) mayor’s race has created a big turnout in the city,” she said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we voted close to 40 percent.”
This election will be the first time all the precincts in the county will be using the Electronic Voter Registration List (or EVRL), Stump said.
It is a computerized poll list, which will be new to some county poll managers.
“It should speed up the process for everyone, but it may take a while for all the managers to become familiar with it, so we’d appreciate your patience,” she said.
“County Council purchased 25 laptops for our precincts and the state Election Commission supplied us with another 16,” Stump said. “We are very fortunate to have them.”
Voters should take time prior to the election and become familiar with the candidates, as well as the explanations of the four proposed state constitutional amendments. There will be hand-outs available explaining the amendments at each polling place.
New residents are encouraged to know where their polling places are ahead of time.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and will remain open to 7 p.m. If you are in line when the polls close, you can still vote. If you want to expedite the election process and avoid crowds, vote during non-peak times of 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Have your driver’s license or voter registration card ready, so poll workers can look you up in the lists.
If you recently registered by mail and didn’t send in a copy of a valid photo ID, you will be asked for:
• A current and valid photo ID
• A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.
Voters should take a look at the sample ballot at each polling place, and be knowledgeable about the amendments before they come to vote.
Voters have until 5 p.m. Monday to cast an absentee ballot at the Lancaster County Voter Registration Office in the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.
Voters must bring with them either a driver’s license, a State Highway Department-issued ID or a voter registration card.
For details about voting, call (803) 285-2969.