Almost 1,000 Brown County residents have cast ballots after the first week of early voting in the March 4 Democratic and Republican parties’ primaries.

Brown County Elections Administrator Suzy Young said approximately 340 voters had cast ballots in the Democratic primary and 600 had voted in the Republican primary as closing time for Friday’s balloting neared.

Early voting continues from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday at the Coliseum Annex, 110 S. Greenleaf. Young said the early voting polls are prepared to stay open later Friday, the final day of early voting statewide, to accommodate an anticipated rush of voters.

Young reminded voters that two elections are being held simultaneously, and a voter can participate in only one.

“So many people haven’t realized that this is two separate elections,” Young said.

“You do have to make a choice.”

Sample ballots for the two primary elections were published on Page 4C of Sunday’s Bulletin.

Polls throughout the county will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, March 4.