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Early voting running smoothly

By Chris Simones

Exactly 100 people had voted by 11:30 a.m. Friday, and 99 of them had been very pleasant.

“Everyone has been wonderful,” administrator of elections Susie Davenport said. “Maybe one person wasn’t. He didn’t want to wear a mask or gloves and he was pretty upset about it.”

In an effort to minimize the spread of infection, voters are being greeted at the door with a packet containing gloves and a pen. The packet also contains an “I Voted” sticker which, while offering no protection from COVID-19, may increase the cases of voting.

Shari Newby was the greeter Friday. “Everybody has been fantastic so far,” said Newby, smiling behind her mask.

“Most people are being very understanding and cooperative,” Davenport said. “We’re all just trying to help each other.”

Davenport urges everyone to wear a mask when they come vote and wishes they could have provided masks but the Election Commission’s budget lacked the wherewithal.

The early voting period began Friday and continues through Saturday, Aug. 1.

Monday voting hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday through Friday voting takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday hours are from 9 a.m. to noon.