Absentee ballots top 5,000 so farElection results will be on Journal Web site tomorrow
Even though the polls for the 2012 Presidential election are scheduled to open at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer reported today that about one-third of the registered voters in the county have already voted.
Since absentee voting opened on Sept. 28, Widmer said that about 5,000 people have voted absentee. This includes the absentee ballots that were mailed to people who requested them as well as people who voted in the auditor’s office. Washington County has 14,591 registered voters. He said today is the last day that absentee ballots will be accepted. The auditor’s office will be open until 5 p.m.
“It’s going well,” Widmer said. “It is busy, but we are keeping up with the flow. We are doing well.”
Widmer said that absentee ballots will be counted tomorrow during the day. He expects to have final totals of the election around 10 p.m. The results of the election will be posted on the Washington Evening Journal Web site as soon as they become available.
The auditor’s office was open for absentee voting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Widmer said that a steady stream of voters had come in to cast a ballot in the election.
During the 2008 presidential election, Widmer said the county had about 3,800 absentee ballots cast. He believes people are becoming more aware that absentee ballots are an option. He also said that many organizations, including the two political parties in the county, are stressing that absentee voting is an option. He also said he believes the redistricting makes it more convenient to vote in the auditor’s office.
“It’s handy, it’s convenient and for the most part it is very quick,” Widmer said.
People who are unsure of the precinct they are in can call the auditor’s office at 653-7715 for clarification. The polls will be open until 9 p.m.
Absentee ballots are almost considered another precinct, Widmer said. He said they will be counted and reported separately from the other precincts.
In the local supervisors races Republican Jack Seward Jr. and Democrat Kay Ciha are running for the District 1 seat. Republican Bob Yoder, Democrat Dawn McCoy and Independent candidates Randy Billups and Mary Zielinski are running in District 2. Republican Stan Stoops, Democrat Richard Gilmore and Independent Adam Mangold are running in District 4.
Two cities will have council elections. Washington will decide its next councilor from Ward 3. Those on the ballot are incumbent Bob Shellmyer and challenger Tom Bowler.
Kalona will also have a special election. Craig Spitzer is running uncontested for a spot on the council. Jenelle Bender is also running uncontested for the council.