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Natrona County absentee ballots up from 2018

Natrona County saw a surge of absentee ballots this year.
Published: Nov. 9, 2020 at 7:04 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Absentee ballots increased across the country this election year, and Natrona County is no different. There were over 17,500 absentee ballots cast.

According to Natrona County Clerk Tracy Good, there were over 8,000 absentee ballots delivered by mail, and over 9,000 more were delivered in person to her office before Election Day.

“Obviously, it was more taxing on staff. There were longer lines, and that type of thing. Then, as far as processing the ballots, more staff needed, more time consuming, that sort of thing,” said Good.

By comparison, the 2018 election only received around 7,400 absentee ballots. Good attributed the increase in absentee ballots to the COVID-19 pandemic, and she noted that there was a steady stream of voters on Election Day, too.

“The polls were busy, so we had a good voter turnout just from hearing that every location was busy.”

Good said there were still stacks and stacks of same day registration votes that were being processed into the system before she would speak about any additional Election Day numbers.

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