Burnet County elections officials reported unprecedented turnout through the first week of early voting, despite a presidential cycle wrought with concerns about COVID-19, officials said.
By day five of early voting Oct. 13 through 16 and much of the day Oct. 19 (first day of the second week), in person and mail in ballots received totaled 10,054 voters, Burnet County Elections Administrator Doug Ferguson said. High Turnout
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As voters approached in profess the O entryways, they self distanced approximately six feet from others in line.
Even though face coverings are not a requirement of voting, a number of residents chose to wear them.
Most polling workers are wearing face coverings as part of the elections department’s coronavirus mitigation efforts.
“Voters are not required to do so but most of them are (wearing them),” Ferguson said.
Also, a crew contracting with the department is performing periodic sanitation measures.
“They’re doing a fantastic job,” he said.
Voters utilized stylus’ to input their registration verification on digital devices.
Once voters handed photo identification to clerks, they grabbed a stylus out of one container to use on screen prompts then placed the “used” one in another container to be sanitized and later placed back into use.
“We’re constantly having to bring them more supplies because of the turnout, but that’s great,” Ferguson said. “That’s what we want.”