“When we opened this morning, we already had a line going out the door, but that dissipated pretty quickly,” Stoff said. After that, he said “we’ve had a steady stream in the building lobby” but not a long line.
Jefferson County officials reported getting more than 100 absentee voters Tuesday at the county clerk’s office in Hillsboro.
“We had 25 people the first hour,” said Jeannie Goff, chief of staff for the office. On the first day for absentee voting in 2016, Goff said, the office only had 18 voters all day. In 2012, only two showed up.
Goff said she believed that worries about coronavirus was the main reason for the increase Tuesday. One reason: people are required to wear masks if they enter the building in which the clerk’s office is located but won’t have to do so at Jefferson County polling places.
County Clerk Ken Waller added that some voters he talked with Tuesday told him that “they don’t trust the mail” to get ballots in by Election Day, the…