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By Barbara Anderson/The Hesperian-Beacon—
“As far as I know, this is a record,” County Clerk Ginger Morgan said about Floyd County’s early voting in the 2020 general election.
As of 4 p.m. on the last day of early voting, Oct. 30, 1,463 ballots had been cast, representing 37% of registered voters.
In 2020, Floyd County has 3,859 registered voters.
By comparison, in 2016, Floyd County had 1,318 early voting ballots, which represented 32.22% of registered voters.
The Floyd County Clerk’s office sent out 200 mail-in votes and had received 191 ballots. These are not included in the early voting totals but will be included in the general election total on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
“There may also be provisional ballots that could be included in the election day totals and those could decide an election,” Tess Smith of the Floyd County Clerk’s Office said.
Provisional ballots, also called affidavit ballots, are given to a voter when a question arises about person’s eligibility. Such a situation may occur if the name does not appear on the voter rolls, or if the voter did not bring proper identification, or, in some states, if they received a mail-in ballot but are trying to vote in person instead.
The federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 guarantees that, in most states, the voter can cast a provisional ballot if the voter states that he or she is entitled to vote.
According to Smith, voters have been steady in both polling places in Floydada and Lockney.
Complete results of the General Election races will be included in the Nov. 11 issue of the Hesperian-Beacon.