Ready to Vote

Edgar county is gearing up for a busy primary election day. So far the early voter turnout is breaking records. 
“I voted because it’s one right I don’t want taken from me, and I wanted to make sure my voice is heard, and I voted early because I  actually work nights and it’s the best time for me to get in,” said Early Voter, Terry Koppler.  
“We have surpassed all primary voting since 2002. We are now at approximately 740 early voters that have come in the door. We still have a lot of mail in ballots yet to come in. So we expect to busy today and tomorrow,” said Edger County Clerk, August Griffin.
Even though it seems like all the attention is on the presidential race. This year in Illinois there is a US Senate race. Along with Congressional, State and Local contests.
In Edgar County, the match-up in the Republican Primary for Circuit Clerk between Nancy Ingrum and Angie Barrett is one of the driving forces to reel in those voters.
“I think there are a couple of reasons. Number one we have some local contested races I believe that are bringing people out to the court house, but also it is a big Presidential Election, and the stakes are high for this one,” said Griffin. 
Come Tuesday a tradition will live on as people cast their votes.
“Even though we are the age of the computer, and yes we will have our results put out on the internet. We will continue that tradition and tally the results up on the tote boards. It’s a sense of community, and people like to get out and feel the excitement,” said Griffin. 

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