Eleven days before Election Day and already Douglas County has broken a record for early voting. Four years ago, 60,000 people cast early ballots. So far this year, 75,000 voters made their marks early and that means long lines at the Election Commissioner’s Office.
The lines were long for most of the day at 114th and Davenport, not only with early voters, but Friday was also the last day you could register to vote in this election. Some were there to register, others to vote and together they formed a line that continued outside the building and into the parking lot.
Everybody had a reason to be there. “I'm anxious, but it is exciting for sure,” said a first-time voter.
“It's one of those last-minutes deals, we have to get ‘em in so people can vote on Election Day,” said Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps. “I think that’s the reason for the big line today."
“I just happen to be going on vacation tomorrow so I want to get my vote in,” said a woman planning to go out of town.
“Early voting continues to increase ‘cause it’s such a popular program,” said Phipps. “It’s so easy for the voter and once you do it I think you'll do it again and again and more people come in. We've already broken our record from four years ago."
Early voting will continue next week.