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Franklin County primary sees normal turnout despite COVID-19

Posted at 6:39 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 18:39:23-04

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Franklin County supervisor of elections, Heather Riley, says she has been pleasantly surprised this election cycle that the pandemic has not stopped people from showing up to the polls.

In all, the county says it has received just over 1,500 mail-in ballots and 442 people participated in early voting.

Riley says that's about what they usually have for a primary and that people have told her the steps they put in place have encouraged them to cast their ballots.

"We've actually had a lot of positive feedback," said Riley. "People are encouraged by the protocols we have in place for COVID-19, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer. The early vote had one way in, one way out and overall people have said they feel safe coming in to vote."

The board of elections says only about 33 percent of those who are registered to vote in the county have.

Riley says with just eight precincts they believe they should have all election results reported by about 7:30 p.m., just half-hour after polls close.