More than 1,000 votes have been cast in the first week of early voting for the Nov. 3 election in Henry County.

Mary Detmer, director of the Henry County Board of Elections, said 1,023 votes had been cast as of Wednesday morning.

“We are breaking records every day as far as early voting goes,” Detmer said. “We have tripled where we were in 2016.”

Voters have multiple options to choose from when it comes to casting their ballot. While early voting is one option, voters can vote in person on Election Day at polling locations or absentee ballots can still be requested.

Detmer said approximately 3,400 absentee ballots have been mailed to those requesting them so far in the county. Detmer said they have been receiving calls from voters concerned about why they haven’t received their ballot yet, but Oct. 6 was the first day the absentee ballots could be mailed out by the board of elections.

“They have nearly three weeks to get their ballots, and you have until Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. to drop off the ballots at our dropbox,” Detmer said. If mailed back to the board, they must be postmarked no later than Nov. 2.

Detmer added there are multiple variables which determine how long it will take voters to receive the ballot, including where they live and the postal system in that area. While absentee ballot applications must be received at the board of elections office by noon Saturday, Oct. 31, Detmer encouraged voters to request their ballot prior to that deadline.

“Just don’t wait until the last minute,” Detmer said. “Submit it now, and we’ll get it turned around as quick as we can.”

Overall, Detmer said the board has been able to keep up with the absentee ballot requests.

“If we need to amp up our help we’ll do that,” Detmer said.

Early voting is traditionally held at the board of elections office, but there is not enough space to allow for social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the commissioners approved the board using space next to the board of elections, which is currently utilized for storage. Detmer said the voting center has been going well so far.

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