By Christy Porter, Managing Editor
“There was a constant stream of voters all day,” said Deputy County Clerk Linda Roberts. “The day went quickly, as we stayed busy.” Parking at Fox Fire Hall in Licking was at a premium on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Voters were in good spirits and happy to be exercising their right and responsibility to vote. Some brought their children along, a good example in responsible citizenship.
While this presidential election did not set a Licking poll record, it looked as if it might. According to Roberts, turnout for the 2020 election was 18,065; the 2016 presidential election had a turnout of 19,097. Possibly the numbers were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Peggy Seyler with the Texas County Missouri Elections reported: Total ballots cast by walk-in were 1318; a total of 795 ballots were mailed out and 719 were returned. In-person voting ended Monday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m.