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Thousands show up for early voting

Election offices have been busy as roughly 2,000 Tri-Staters are casting their votes early every day. 

Clerk of the Circuit Courts Carla Hayden says roughly 24,000 people have voted before Saturday. 

"The second day at the libraries we took four additional machines to each location to help alleviate those lines but it is just so popular and everybody is just so energized," Hayden says. 

So why is marking a ballot early so popular this year?

Some say it's to avoid lines, but that's not always the case. 

Justin Lagrange says, "If there's early voting and there's a line it almost kind of seems like it defeats the purpose of early voting but at the same time if that's when you want to go and it's easier more convenient least you have the option."

But avoiding lines isn't the only reason Tri-Staters think the ballot boxes have been packed. 

Some think people are following this election closely. 

Voter Karen Mattingly-Brucken says, "I have never really early voted in my life but this election has made me very passionate and I wanted to get my vote in."             

Early voting has closed for Saturday but you can vote Monday in the Election Office from 8 a.m. until noon. 

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(This story was originally published on November 3, 2018)

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