More candidates means more early voting. Right?


Not necessarily.

Take a look at the graphs comparing the early voting for this year’s city elections with the early voting in the 2013 and 2015 city elections:

1. https://gis.linncounty.org/webdata/election/2017/20171107/h_mail.pdf

2. https://gis.linncounty.org/webdata/election/2017/20171107/h_inperson.pdf

Those graphs illustrate the in-person early/absentee voting in the Auditor’s Office and the vote by mail ballots.

Generally, the more candidates, the more early voting. And while I appreciate the number of candidates who have decided to put their names on the ballots and engage the public on the issues, I am not seeing a stampede of voters voting early.

I think the reason for the lack of a stampede is this: great candidates equals tough decisions. That is a nice problem to have. Please figure it out by election day. –Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

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