Early voting got off to a good start Tuesday in the March 4 Brown County Republican and Democratic Party Primary election.
As of around 3 p.m. Tuesday, a total of 269 votes had been cast at the Adams Street Community Center, the polling location for early voting. All but nine of the votes were in the Republican primary, Elections Administrator Suzy Young said.
"It's really good, especially for the first day," Young said. "That's a lot for a primary."
Young said she anticipates that the pace will stay strong until early voting ends on Feb. 28.
A handful of supporters of state Rep. Jim Keffer, who is running for re-election, and challenger Cullen Crisp stood outside the Adams Street Community Center, holding campaign signs. That's never previously happened at that location, Young said.
Those campaigning for candidates are required to stay at least 100 feet away from the polling place entrance, Young said. "I had to ask a few to get outside the distance markers," Young said.
Tuesday also marked the first day in which voters were required to show photo identification, and that had gone well, Young said.
The elections office has received 450 requests for ballots by mail, and the deadline for turning in applications to the elections office is Friday, Feb. 21, Young said.
Polling hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the four days of early voting this week. Next week, polling hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The final two days of early voting — Thursday and Friday, Feb. 27-28 — polling hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In a matter related to the May 10 city, school board and water board elections, Bangs school board incumbents Larry Drury and Lyndyl Tidwell have filed for re-election.