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Record number of early voters hit the polls in Adams County this year

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The last of the early voters coasted their ballots Saturday in Adams County, and officials said it has been a record setting year for the county.

Adams County Clerk Georgia Volm described the last day of early voting on Saturday as steady, but overall she said this year the county has seen the most early voters ever.

Early voting began in 2006 in Adams County and Volm said it has been growing ever since.

"I think the larger numbers that we have this year are really a result of our voters are becoming accustomed to it. They like it. They are more familiar with it. It seems to grow every election with the number of people, so I think that is why we are getting the high numbers," said Volm.

Volm said since early voting is relatively new in the county, some voters were hesitant in previous years.

"I think some of our voters had concerns about it and then when they tried it that it isn't bad, it is easy. They are still dropping their ballots into the ballot box and watching it count just as they do on election day, so it has grown and become more and more popular," said Volm. 

Gary Beckman and his wife were among the thousands of early voters in Adams County.

Beckman said early voting ensures him he will get the chance to vote.

"I never have a definite time schedule as to what time I go to work. I drive a truck so I wanted to make sure I could vote," said Beckman. 

And Beckman said with such a tight presidential race this year, he wanted to make sure his voice was heard at the polls.

"I think we need some new leadership. And I wanted to make sure I voted for the one that I thought would give us the new leadership," said Beckman. 

 

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