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Early voting setting record pace in Butte County

Butte County is on a record-breaking pace when it comes to mail-in voting compared to 2016.

Posted: Oct 28, 2020 6:07 PM
Updated: Oct 29, 2020 8:46 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Butte County is on a record-breaking pace when it comes to mail-in voting compared to 2016.

Keaton Denlay, Butte County's Election Manager, sees the shift in mail-in voter turnout.

"We still have a week to go till the election and we could still be receiving post-marked ballots after election day and we are already at 64 thousand and 9 so we are trucking ahead than we were four years ago," said Denlay.

Right now, only 5,000 fewer people have voted by mail compared to four years ago.

"We are getting thousands of ballots back a day out of our ballot drop boxes which is great," sid Denlay "It really expanded the opportunity the voters have in access to those for this election."

But, how is the community feeling this year?

Nicole Sandoval, a Butte County resident, voted early. "With the pandemic going on, we really need some strong leadership," said Sandoval. "Everything is being affected, regardless of what party you're with, so I think everybody needs to do their part."

But, not everyone knows who they are going to vote for this year.

Dave Malnar hasn't voted yet. "I'm kind of teeter tottering between conservative and liberal and it's coming down to I'm really not going to say but it's an important election and I think everyone should vote," he said.

If you still haven't voted, make sure your ballot is postmarked by Nov. 3.

For more information on where Butte County Voter Assistance Centers and ballot drop boxes are located, click here.

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