The stream of voters has been steady during the first two days of early voting in Brown County, with 450 ballots cast by 4 p.m. Wednesday.
“The turnout has been heavy all across the state,” Suzy Young, Brown County elections administrator, said. “It’s been a steady stream. The secretary of state’s office has issued a notice that we watch the supply of ballot carefully, the turnout has been so large.”
On Tuesday, the first day of early voting, 132 people cast ballots in the Republican Party primary here while 78 voted in the Democratic Party primary. On Wednesday, through 4 p.m., 159 had voted in the Republican primary and 81 in the Democratic primary, Young said.
Early voting in the March 4 party primaries continues from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Feb. 29.
Young said voters must make a decision to cast a ballot in either the Democratic or the Republican party primaries. That means, for example, the same voter cannot cast a ballot in the GOP races for district judge and county treasurer and also vote for either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton for president.
The winners of these primaries will face the voters again in the general election in November, when nominees from other parties will also be on the ballot.
Young also reminded voters that they will find the names of several presidential candidates on the ballot who dropped out of the race after the deadline for finalizing the ballots passed.