Marion County Clerk Projects Big Turnouts for Tuesday's General ElectionMarion County Clerk Steve Fox is projecting a big turnout in Tuesday's general election. Fox says the early voting being offered by his office at the courthouse through Saturday has also become a big hit. He reports by earlier this week more than 500 had already voted early.
"I think more people are taking advantage of it. I heard more and more people coming in and saying that they've never done this before and that they're glad to have this service. I think overall for the total election we're going to see somewhere between 70 and 75-percent of our registered voters come out in this election", said Fox. Fox says early voting is still available at the courthouse through four this afternoon and then on Saturday from nine to noon. There has been a short line at the office most days this week by those waiting to vote early.
Fox believes it is more than just the Presidential election that is attracting attention. "I think that fuels it, but I also think that local elections with the county board, having all f15 spots up, I think that is also driving some local interest", said Fox.
There is also a contested contest for 15th District Congressman, 54th District State Senate, Appellate Court Judge and Marion County Coroner. Salem and Centralia residents are voting on electric aggregation, which could save Ameren customers from 15 to 22 percent on their overall electric bill. A constitutional amendment is on the ballot that would require a three-fifths majority of both the state house and senate or the governing body of a unit of local government, school district or pension or retirement system, in order to increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system. Polls will be open from six am to seven pm on Tuesday. WJBD will provide complete election night returns.
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