Thousands cast votes

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By David Giuliani

As of Thursday, 3,126 people in San Miguel County had cast early votes for Tuesday’s election. A total of 2,408 absentee ballots had been requested.

In the 2004 presidential election, of the 12,832 votes cast, 4,346 were early and 1,670 absentee.

County Clerk Paul Maez expects as many early votes in this election as there were four years ago.

He said many people will likely cast their early votes in the last two days — Friday and Saturday — at the county clerk’s office and the alternate site, the San Miguel Senior Center in the Valley.

Maez said it seems like there is more interest in this election than the one in 2004.

“A lot of younger voters are getting really involved this time around,” he said.