Two weeks of early voting ended with the polls closing at 4:30 p.m. Friday, bringing a grand total of 1,357 early votes, including 255 absentee votes, Elections Deputy Vicky Weber said.
"To compare these number to last year's is like comparing apples to oranges," said Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland, because voter turnout is always greater on even-numbered years, because of congressional and presidential races on the ballots.
A more accurate comparison can be made to 2001 when there were 1,124 early votes, including 228 absentee votes. Essentially, the numbers show that a few more people voted early than did in 2001.
Staff at the Routt County Courthouse spent much of Friday evening making sure the number of ballots received equaled the number of early vote sign-ins.
Even though the number of early votes is about the same as in similar voting years, Weinland said there was no definite way to determine how many will show up at the polls Tuesday.
"We might have a tremendous turnout," Weinland said. "But my experience tells me it will be comparable to the 2001 vote."
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