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Unprecedented participation in early voting in Tazewell County

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TAZEWELL CO. (WEEK) - The Tazewell County Clerk's Office reported Sunday afternoon record attendance at early voting locations with over 13,000 votes cast.

The previous participation total for early voting in Tazewell County was 4,718 Votes Cast in the 2016 Presidential Election. As of Sunday, the 2020 Early Voting participation is 13,191 Votes Cast, with Early Voting now continuing through Election Day only at the Tazewell County Clerk's Office in Pekin.

Vote-By-Mail has also broken the previous high participation record of 2,800 Vote Cast in the 2016 Presidential Election. As of Sunday afternoon, Tazewell County had mailed out 25,982 Vote-By-Mail Ballots, with 9,300 Vote-By-Mail Ballots already returned.

" We are amazed by the overwhelming heavy participation in Early Voting this year. My office thanks our amazing Election Judges for their commitment of service to our communities, as well as thanking the understanding citizens that waited in occasional long lines to cast their votes" Tazewell County Clerk John C. Ackerman stated. "We have never seen this level of turnout for Early Voting in Tazewell County. Our Election Judges that worked these weekends to make this possible had long hours with a continuous traffic flow, and they deserve the admiration of thankful county citizens."

Early Voting will continue at the Tazewell County Clerk's Office till Election Day. Starting Monday, October 26th, the Tazewell County Clerk's Office will be open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday - Friday, and from 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday, October 31st and November 1st.

Kaitlin Pearson

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