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— Today is the last day for early voting.

The polling booths in Conference Room 1 in the Routt County Courthouse annex are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today. Those who don't cast ballots today can do so on Tuesday's Election Day.

As of Wednesday night, 1,741 people had voted early, and 1,486 absentee ballots had been cast, Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said.

"I'd say that the numbers are good," Weinland said. "We project a total of 4,000 early votes. That is pretty comparable to the 2004 presidential election, which is the best representation of early and absentee votes we've ever had."

There tends to be a lower turnout of voters when there isn't a presidential election, Weinland said. "But the local races have more impact on our daily lives."

It is important to go to the poll prepared because there is a 10-minute limit in the voting booth, and this year's ballot is long and has many complex issues, Weinland said. Voters are encouraged to get a sample ballot to aid in the process.

Voters shouldn't be worried about using the county's new electronic voting machines, Weinland added.

"I really don't want anyone to be intimidated, because they are pretty easy to use," she said. "We have a lot of judges there to help them with the instructions, and I've had a lot of really positive remarks from people leaving after they voted."

Voters should be ready for long lines today.

It is human nature to wait to the last minute, Weinland said. "Historically, on the last day of early voting, people will be waiting in line, and people need to be prepared for that."

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