Early voters close to breaking record in Rock Island County

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Early voters in Rock Island County are about to break a record.

County Clerk Karen Kinney said it will take about 600 more ballots to surpass the number of early votes cast in 2014’s primary. About 3,300 people voted before Election Day that year. This year we’ve already had about 2,600 people cast ballots in the county.

“They want their voice to be heard.” Kinney said. “They want a say in how things are run and I’m glad to see that because that’s what it takes. It takes voter participation.”

Kinney said while there are no public questions on this year’s ballot, it’s the sheriff’s race that’s bringing the voters in. That race is between incumbent Gerry Bustos and former sheriff Jeff Boyd. 

There are five total early voting centers in Rock Island County. The Milan Municipal Building, Silvis City Council Chambers, Western Illinois University’s Quad Cities campus and the Moline Public Library. 

Kinney said the library is by far the most popular spot. 

In total, Rock Island County averages about 300 voters a day, meaning they should surpass 2014’s total by Thursday. 

Kinney said people still have time to apply for an absentee ballot in case they can’t make it to any of the voting centers. The deadline to apply is Thursday and the ballot must be mailed by midnight next Tuesday for the vote to count. 

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