Presidential vs. Off-Year Elections: Voter Turnout

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This time last year, the general election was the topic of conversation, but with this being an off year election rather than a presidential one, election officials are curious to see how many ballots they receive.

Historically, voter turnout has been higher when the presidential race is on the ballot; however, that could be changing.

Early voting began Tuesday in Washington County, and board of election officials say having options such as absentee voting seems to bring in more ballots.

"Voters are starting to figure out that you can do it, and you can get in here and make it easy; do it on your time frame and at your convenience. You don't have to wait for election day," Peggy Byers, board of elections director, said.

Election officials say they had about 35 people come in and vote Tuesday, which is more than they expected.

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