Nearly 1,700 Highland County voters cast or requested early ballots for Tuesday’s election, according to the latest statistics available Tuesday from the Highland County Board of Elections. The totals include mailed ballots, in-person voting at the election board office, and hand-carried ballots, mostly from nursing homes.
Of the 1,674 early votes, 901 came from Republicans, 295 from Democrats and 478 from non-affiliated voters.
In Hillsboro, where city council and treasurer races are being decided in contested match-ups, 480 early ballots were cast or requested, including 270 Republicans, 106 Democrats and 104 non-affiliated voters.
The growing popularity of early voting was evident in the increased numbers since the last similar election in 2013, when 962 early votes were cast across the county, including 476 Republicans, 251 Democrats and 235 non-affiliated.
In 2013 in Hillsboro, 259 voters cast early ballots, including 138 Republicans, 61 Democrats and 60 non-affiliated voters.
Four years ago, a total of 6,895 Highland County voters ended up casting ballots, a 27 percent turnout rate.
Voters this year are deciding contested races for city and village councils, school boards and township trustee seats, as well as a few local issues and two statewide questions.
Polls are open Tuesday until 7:30 p.m. Check timesgazette.com later this evening and Wednesday’s print edition for full results.