The number of early ballots cast in Brown County topped 3,000 late Thursday afternoon, and that number doesn’t include 856 ballots requested by mail.

Suzy Young, Brown County elections administrator, said the anticipated slump after Monday’s busy first day of early voting has not materialized.

“I hope this means we’ll have a 75 percent turnout for the general election,” Young said Thursday.

A total of 3,006 early ballots had been cast at 4:45 p.m., with fewer than a dozen people still standing in line before the 5 p.m. closing time. Brown County has 24,895 registered voters.

With 15 minutes remaining before early voting closed for the day Thursday, 656 had voted that day. That compares to 795 Wednesday.

“It’s down a little bit from the other days this week, but it’s still much higher than what we’ve seen for early voting in past presidential elections,” Young said.

County election administration staff are busy responding to voters’ questions by phone, mailing out ballots to voters requesting them and preparing for the actual election day - Tuesday, Nov. 4. Young said she is monitoring the use of ballots to make sure adequate supplies will be on hand Nov. 4.

Early voting continues through Oct. 31 at the Coliseum Annex. Hours today are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.