Early Voters Breaking Records

November 2, 2008 11:00:00 PM PST
Early voters are setting records around the country and in Fresno. The elections office is now closed Monday night, but if you have a mail in ballot you can still go to the elections office and deposit your ballot. Fresno County's Clerk has already processed 100,000 early voting ballots. That is a third of all registered voters. By all accounts, the county will see a huge number of voters. 8:30 AM. Voters packed downtown's elections office. Poll workers usually see this kind of turn out on Election Day. Darrin Person is an early voter. Person said, "I know the fourth, tomorrow is going to be very busy. I have to work from 7:45 to five."

Election workers are already processing mail in ballots with the help of a high tech sorting machine. It scans envelops, places the ballot on a tray and automatically sorts the votes by prescient. Eventually, all the ballots will be taken downtown for tabulation.

Fresno County Clerk Victor Salazar said because of the huge turn out, it could take 28-days to announce the final results. Salazar said, "But there will be thousands of vote-by-mail ballots that will be delivered to the polling places throughout the county. Those have to be verified and processed, so that will take some time."

Time is what early voters wanted to save for a history making election. Kevin Harris is an early voter from Fresno who said, "Tomorrow is going to be a day where 50-percent of this nation is going to be upset. 50-percent is going to be in great celebration."

Tuesday, polling locations will open at 7 AM and close at 8 PM. As long as you are in line by 8 PM, the elections clerk said you will be able to case a ballot.

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