Early voting slow ahead of primary
Marion County voters are scheduled to go to the polls Tuesday, but what turnout will be amid a pandemic is anyone’s guess.
Early voting at the courthouse has been “somewhat quiet” but requests for advance ballots have continued to pour in to the county clerk’s office.
“We’ve had a lot of absentee,” county clerk Tina Spencer said. “Early voting has not been extremely busy.”
Now that the deadline to request an advance ballot by mail has passed, early in-person voting might actually pick up the rest of the week, Spencer said.
Voters have swamped the county clerk’s office with a record number of requests for absentee ballots. Spencer did not have updated numbers but said requests have been steady.
Early in-person voting will continue 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Friday and until noon on Monday.
Voters who show up at the courthouse or polling places will receive a stylus to mark their ballots. Poll workers have masks and hand sanitizer available at the door. A photo ID will be required.
All polling places will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Polling places this year are:
- Burns Community Center,
301 N. Washington, Burns.
- Florence Masonic Center,
421 Main, Florence.
- Goessel City Building,
101 S. Cedar, Goessel.
- Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 905 E. D St., Hillsboro.
- Lincolnville Community Center, 213 W. 6th St., Lincolnville.
- Eastmoor United Methodist Church, 105 Eastmoor Dr., Marion.
- Peabody Senior Center, 106 N. Walnut, Peabody.
- Tampa Senior Center, 100 Main St., Tampa.
Last modified July 29, 2020