Early, Absentee Voting At Record Levels Ahead Of Tuesday

The November 3 General Election marks the end of a long and strange campaign cycle, capturing headlines alongside the COVID-19 pandemic.

Early voting began, Tuesday, October 6 in the basement of the Parke County Courthouse and continues each weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Monday, November 2 at noon. The office will also be open Saturday, October 31 for voting as well.

Clerk of the Parke Circuit Court Stacie Jeffries reports daily early voting totals have exceeded 100 voters each day, and coupled with absentee ballot requests and travelling voter board ballots, she expects more than 2,000 voters will have completed their voting before Election Day rolls around.

That translates in Parke County to a turnout in excess of 20%, nearing the 26% total from the Primary.

The Presidential election will no doubt draw tremendous interest and turnout as usual, but several local races remain of interest as well. Republican incumbent President Donald J. Trump, former Vice-President and Democrat Joe Biden along with Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen will dominate the balloting, although other minor party and write-in candidates may draw some votes locally as well.

For the full article, see this week’s edition of the Parke County Sentinel.

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