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PAXTON — Nearly one out of every 10 votes cast in Ford County for the Nov. 6 general election was made prior to Election Day.
According to the Ford County Clerk’s Office, 571 votes were cast prior to Nov. 6 through walk-in absentee voting (137), military absentee voting (11), mail-in absentee voting (193), early voting (209) and grace-period voting (21).
That accounts for about 9.4 percent of the 6,063 votes cast.
As of Monday, there were still military absentee ballots and mail-in absentee ballots that could still be received and be counted toward the total.
With 8,875 registered voters in the county, the election saw a turnout of 68.32 percent. The turnout and number of voters who cast a ballot were both down from the 2008 general election, when 71 percent (6,435) of the 9,057 registered voters that year voted. The 2012 total was also down from 2004 (69 percent) and 2000 (72 percent).