BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
Nearly 950 voters cast their ballot on the final day of early voting on Thursday.
As of the end of the day on Thursday, 11,264 ballots had been received by mail or had been cast in person at the Greene County Election Commission Office.
There are nearly 41,200 registered voters in Greene County.
That means that more than 27 percent of the possible Greene County votes have already been cast prior to Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Early and absentee votes this year were up dramatically from 2010 but were about 700 ballots short of the last presidential election in 2008.
There were 11,953 early and absentee votes in 2008 and 6,322 in 2010.
Administrator of Elections Donna Burgner expressed her appreciation for both the office staff and early-voting workers, as well as for the voters who stood in long lines even during difficult weather conditions.
"I felt that we did have a good turnout for early voting," she said today. "Participation was similar to what it was four years ago.
"It was good that voters got out and participated even with the weather conditions."
She said that the cold and rain probably kept the numbers down a little, but praised those who came out despite the conditions.
The two weeks of early voting began on Oct. 17, at which time the Election Commission Office had already received 329 votes for the Nov. 6 Presidential, State and County Election.
During the course of those two weeks, weekday early voters casting their ballots in person totaled between 760 and Thursday's high of 896.
Thursday's in-person high compounded with 46 mail-in ballots for the greatest number received in one day, 942.
About 330 voters cast their ballot in person each Saturday of early voting during the four hours the Election Office was open.
A total of 627 voters have mailed in their ballots so far. The Election Commission will continue to receive such ballots by mail through Nov. 6.