Absentees indicate voting surge

Sunday, August 1, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:00 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

If the number of absentee ballots being cast is any indication, Tuesday’s primary is going to be a wild one for the Boone County Clerk’s office.

The office set a record Tuesday when it processed 323 absentee primary ballots. Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren said she and her staff processed between 250 and 300 absentee ballots every day last week.

“People are voting absentee like never before,” Noren said Friday, adding the demand has put extra stress on election workers.

“We knew there would be a large turnout,” Noren said, “but we didn’t expect such a large absentee turnout.”

Along with processing requests for absentee ballots, the clerk’s office has been busy mailing sample ballots to voters and notifying them of their polling places.

Registered voters who have not received a sample ballot or a letter stating their polling place need to check with the county clerk’s office to ensure they have correct address information, Noren said. You can reach the clerk’s office at 886-4375 or go online to

Because of construction projects, anticipated overflow or other reasons, 12 polling places have changed for Tuesday’s primary. Noren said 15 percent of voters will have a new polling place.

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