Voting begins in Seymour

Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election begins this morning in Seymour, and election officials expect the first day at that polling site at Jackson Superior Court I to be a little busy.

That’s based upon turnout Oct. 12, the day early voting began at the Jackson County Courthouse in Brownstown.

“That first day there was the busiest so far,” Jackson County Clerk Amanda Lowery said.

Ninety-two people voted that day, and Lowery said she wouldn’t be surprised if there was a line today at the Seymour polling site at the court on the city’s west side.

“We’ve had some calls from people wanting to know when it was going to open,” she said.

The Seymour site will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for two weeks through Nov. 4 and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 5. It also will be open from 8 a.m. until noon Nov. 7, the day before the general election.

The polling site at the courthouse in Brownstown is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. It also will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 7.

Through Friday, 320 Jackson County residents had voted absentee by mail and 560 had found their way to the courthouse in Brownstown to vote, voter registration clerk Deseree Haurez said.

Anyone wishing to vote absentee by mail must have their application into the voter registration office by Oct. 31.

The traveling board began its work Thursday. Fifteen people voted through that board, and another 46 have applications to do so, Haurez said. People wishing to vote through the traveling board must be confined to their home.

The traveling board operates from 8 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and will be available on the day before the election.

Haurez said she also has mailed 21 ballots to military personnel and others overseas and has received nine back.

Lowery said voting at Brownstown over the past two weeks has been steady, and there has been some backup at times.

She said the average wait in such cases has only been about five minutes.

Lowery said she expects early voting to pick up steam as election day draws near.

“In the primary, we started getting about 100 a day at both polling sites,” she said.

During the last presidential election in 2012, 3,307 people or 19 percent of the 17,006 people who voted that year visited an early voting site or cast their ballot by mail. In the 2008 presidential election, 18 percent or 3,111 of the 17,742 people casting ballots in the county voted early.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.