Heavy voting already as election day nears

Hotly contested national races, a three-way contest for Humboldt County auditor and unprecedented absentee and vote early balloting is creating a perfect storm of activity. At least for political junkies. For most of the rest of us, if we never see another political attack ad on TV it will be too soon.
Humboldt County Auditor Peggy Rice, who is concluding her 37th year with the auditor’s office, said she cannot recall a year when there has been more early voting and political activity. A worldwide pandemic has had a lot to do with that.
Rice reports that the county has already received more than 2,300 absentee ballots. In-person early voting is also running strong, as many as 70 people on one day!
The polls will be open next Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Humboldt County Auditor's Office will be open this Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for early voting and dropping off absentee ballots. People may also use the drop box in the courthouse parking lot 24/7. Check out this week's Humboldt Independent with a list of all the local voting locations, overview on ballot names and candidate profiles for local and state races in our area. If you're not getting the Humboldt Independent sign up by clicking on the Subscribe link at the top of this page.

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