The City of Greenfield is expected to blow past its absentee totals from the 2008 election by the time the early voting period for this year’s presidential election ends at 5 p.m. Friday.
City Clerk Jennifer Goergen said absentee voting had been steady since it began Oct. 22, and that 4,693 mail and in-person votes had been counted in the clerk’s office through Wednesday.
That tally is nearly 21 percent of Greenfield’s registered voting population of 22,342.
“We think that when in-person absentee voting closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, that 25-30 percent of our voter population will have voted by absentee ballot,” Goergen said.
In 2008, nearly 21 percent of Greenfield’s voting population voted by absentee ballot, Goergen said, when there were 4,798 absentee ballots.
“We will definitely have exceeded that number,” Goergen said.
“In-person absentee voting is faster now for voters than it was four years ago because the process was streamlined somewhat and less paperwork is required to complete to vote.”
Early voting can be done at City Hall through 5 p.m. Friday.
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