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Good turnout for early voting

Early voting for the May 6 primaries is well underway, and 433 people had voted through Monday.
The Democratic primary saw 403 ballots cast, while only 30 people voted in the Republican primary.
That number includes 48 who voted by absentee.
Voting numbers for each day follow:
•April 16: 122 total, 82 in person and 40 by absentee.
•April 17: 128 in person.
•April 18: Good Friday.
•April 19: 68 in person
•April 21: 115 total, 107 in person and 8 absentee.
Early Voting will continue through May 1 on the first floor of the courthouse at the following times:
•Mondays 1-6 p.m.
•Tuesdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
•Wednesdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
•Thursdays 2-6 p.m.
•Fridays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
•Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon.
Meanwhile, with interest running high in the May 6 primary elections, local voters are reminded of certain deadlines that are fast approaching.
“The last day the election office can receive a request for an absentee ballot is April 29,” said Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley. “Of course the actual ballots can arrive as late as election day, but the request to receive an absentee ballot must be in our office no later than April 29.”
The last day of early voting is May 1.  “The turnout for early voting has been high and we hope that trend continues,” Stanley said.
The election office would also like to remind candidates about laws and issues relating to campaign signs.
“There is a 100-foot campaign-free zone from every entrance to a polling place,” Stanley said. “We have received reports that some political signs may be closer than 100 feet at a couple of the polling places, a direct violation of state law that could result in a Class C misdemeanor charge.”
Also, Stanley said candidates should be mindful of where they are displaying their signs for other reasons, particularly visibility.
“The City of Smithville has received a few complaints about signs causing a visibility problem for motorists, especially around the courthouse,” Stanley said. “Candidates need to be mindful of motorist’s visibility.”

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