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More voters picking Democratic primary
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Twice as many people are choosing to vote for property assessor over casting their ballot in the Republican presidential primary as early voting continues in Warren County.According to early voting statistics released Thursday, there have been 1,404 people cast early ballots in Warren County. Of that number, 944 have chosen to vote in the Democratic primary, while 439 voted in the Republican primary.Voters must decide if they want to vote in the presidential primary on the Republican side where there remain four viable candidates, or if they want to vote in the Democratic primary for property assessor where 11 candidates are seeking the nomination to advance to the August general election.“It’s been consistently 2-to-1 thus far with most voters voting in the local Democratic primary for assessor,” said election administrator Donna Smith, noting she suspects most voters are choosing to also cast their ballots on the wheel tax question while they are perusing the relatively short ballot.Everyone is eligible to vote on the wheel tax referendum regardless of which primary they select.Turnout has been consistent at the early voting office with an average of over 200 people a day casting early ballots. The biggest day was Feb. 15, opening day, when 383 people voted early.Early voting continues through Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the early voting room behind the county government building on Locust Street.