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Ellis County residents cast votes, as election officer predicts high turnout

India Yarborough
iyarborough@cjonline.com
Ellis County voters fill out their ballots behind voting privacy shields Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post at 2106 Vine St. in Hays. Ellis County Election Officer Donna Maskus predicted Monday that voter turnout in the county would be high.

Ellis County residents took to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes in the 2020 general election.

Donna Maskus, the county’s election officer, told The Hays Daily News Monday that roughly 34% of registered voters in Ellis County cast their ballots early this year, far surpassing the 8% of registered voters that requested early ballots in the 2016 general election.

The percentage of early votes cast in 2020 could account for nearly half of Ellis County’s voter turnout, Maskus said. Though final numbers weren’t available by press time Tuesday, she expected turnout to be high.

Ellis County reported a voter turnout of 65% for the 2012 general election and a turnout of 67% in 2016.

Hays Daily News reporters will be following election results as they become available. The latest results should appear online at hdnews.net and will also be published in Thursday’s print edition of the newspaper.

Steve Dreiling walks out of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Hays, at 2106 Vine St., after casting his ballot Tuesday. Ellis County Election Officer Donna Maskus predicted Monday that voter turnout in the county would be high, though final numbers weren't available by press time Tuesday.