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Early Voting starts today

BY Paige Conley - pconley@chronicle-tribune.com

Early voting for the primary elections in Grant County begins today and will last until May 7, the day before Election Day.

Individuals looking to vote early can stop by the Marion Courthouse Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Voting is also available on Saturdays, April 28 and May 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday, May 7 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Early voters will need to bring their driver’s license and vote card if they have one. Upon entering the courthouse, they will need to stop at voter registration with their ID to check in and fill out an application.

Then, voters will show her their ID and check in with one of the two women who will be there. These women will set up the machine by precinct and party for them before they vote.

According to Foy, individuals can’t have their cell phone or anyone else in the booth with them when they vote. Also, no one can vote for them unless the voter asks for an assistance form at voter registration if they need someone to help.

Foy warns that individuals will be asked what party they associate with during the early voting process because they need the information to set the machines.

Foy said some people just don’t have time to stand in line at their precinct and voting early is a great way to get in and out fairly quickly. The lines aren’t usually very long unless you catch them during their occasional spurt, Foy said.