The polls opened at 7 a.m. in Wrangell, and there was a steady flow of voters through the morning. Sarah Merrit, Wrangell’s election chair, said this election seems busier than most with 210 votes being cast by 10:30 a.m.
With under an hour to go, 798 votes were cast at the polls. Including in-person absentee voting, that’s little over 60 percent of the latest voter registration numbers from September.
In-person absentee voting was up nearly four times compared to the 2014 general election and saw over a 50 percent increase from 2012.
Wrangell’s voter turnout was at 48 percent in the 2012 presidential election. Wrangell voted for Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama by a wide margin. Voter turnout for the 2014 general election was at 46 percent.
Early voting was up around the state as well.
The polls are held in the Nolan Center. They will remain open until 8 p.m.