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Wythe voters get a jump on the election

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Early voting is proving to be popular in Wythe County as a steady stream of voters have walked into the old courthouse to cast their ballots since voting started on Sept. 18.

“We have had a great turnout so far,” Wythe County Registrar Lennon Counts said Monday. “In just two days, we have had 212 citizens vote early. We would like to remind voters that early voting is in the main courthouse building. We would also like to remind voters that there is handicap access from the parking lot of the courthouse. If a voter has applied to vote absentee by mail and chooses to vote in person, they must bring their absentee ballot with them.”

Voters can also deliver their completed absentee ballots in person at the courthouse.

On Monday, friends Sandra Castor and Judy Six, both of Wytheville, got a jump-start on Election Day.

“It’s to beat the crowd, hopefully, and stay away from the coronavirus,” Castor said. “I think it’s a great thing – and you can thank the Democrats for that.”

Sharon Umberger of Speedwell was one of about 40 people who voted early on Monday before lunchtime. On Friday, nearly 100 voters cast early ballots.

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“I was here doing some other things and thought while I was here, I’d go ahead and vote and be done with it,” she said.

Umberger obviously likes the idea of early voting, but wished the polls hadn’t opened until at least a presidential debate had taken place – in case some minds are changed.

“I think it’s bad that it’s before the debate; it should have been after the debate because people can’t change their votes after they’ve voted.”

Kirk Chamberlin also voted early with Nancy Martin.

“I think it’s a very good idea to ensure that the process works,” he said.

“I wanted to be sure that my vote got counted,” Martin added.

Wythe County voters can vote in-person weekdays through Oct. 31 inside the old county courthouse right inside the Spring Street entrance. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, plus two Saturdays on Oct. 24 and 31. You will need an acceptable form of identification like a driver’s license, voter registration card or utility bill with your name on it.

To reach Millie Rothrock, call 276-228-6611, ext. 35, or email mrothrock@wythenews.com.

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