As the nation is grappling with an increasingly heated political environment, the partisan rhetoric is expected to drive more voters than usual to the polls next Tuesday.
Officials from the Winnebago and Boone County Clerks offices say the number of people casting an early vote in this year’s midterm elections is noticeably higher than in the past.
Winnebago County Clerk Tiana McCall credits the expansion of early voting for the turnout.
“People that have come into our office have varied. We’ve had younger people, older people run the gamut, and we’ve have seen an increase in the number of voters come in,” she said.
In Winnebago County, more than 4,500 people have cast their ballots already.
In Boone County, 2,300 voters have already voted.
Boone County Clerk Julie Stapler says this year’s midterm could set a new turnout record.
“It’s hard to kind of compare, but when we looked at our numbers, compared to the 2016 presidential election, the numbers are very similar to that, and that was a record-setting year for us,” she said. “We’ve just had a lot of people coming in. We are probably going to be close to about 10 percent of the registered voters in Boone County.”
Early voter registration ends Monday, but voters will still get a chance to vote on Election Day.
“They need to bring two forms of identification,” Stapler reminds voters. “And they would come in with an I.D., something that’s going to show their current address. We will register them but they will also have to vote at the same time.”
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