Thursday, November 26, 2020
Nov. 26, 2020

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Clark County voter turnout surpasses 34 percent as ballot flood continues

By , Columbian staff writer

Ballot returns continued to climb Thursday, as Clark County inches toward the Nov. 3 election with a historically high early voter turnout.

As of Friday morning, a total of 111,325 ballots had been returned to the Clark County Elections Office. With 11 days still to go until Election Day, that brings early voter turnout to 34.65 percent.

Since the implementation of mail-in voting in 1996, the county has never seen early turnout numbers like that. In 2016, for example, 57,386 voters had returned their ballots by now. In 2008’s presidential election — which by Election Day had the highest voter turnout in the county’s history — 44,444 people had voted.

The number of registered voters in the county also continues to rise daily. The latest total is 321,268 people.

Clark County residents can still register to vote online and via mail until Monday. They can also register to vote in-person at the county elections office, located at 1408 Franklin St. in Vancouver, until 8 p.m. on Election Day.