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Vt. secretary: Heavy voter turnout expected

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More Vermonters than ever before will be able to cast their ballot in this year's election.

Tens of thousands already have and with the election just eight days away, if you're not registered to vote, there's still time but not much.

As of the beginning of this week, nearly 465,000 Vermonters are registered to vote eclipsing 2012's record mark.

If you're 18 or older and not one of them, there's time left before Wednesday's 5 p.m. deadline.

"My recommendation would be if you can do it today or tomorrow, you can do it online, but if you're going to do it on Wednesday, I would recommend going into your town clerk's office to ensure that you get registered," said Secretary of State Jim Condos, D-Vermont.

Election Day arrives Tuesday of next week, but 45,000 Vermonters, 10 percent of those registered, already cast their ballots.

Condos says about 5,000 did so Friday.

"Really excited about not doing anything Election Day, ready for it to be over," said Ian Pilcher, voted early.

"I'm going to vote early. I've got to work all day that day, so I'll vote early," said Sherry Sica.

"It's easier, I don't have to worry about November 8 and fitting going to the voting station into my schedule," said Peyton Leveille.

Monday saw a near-constant stream of early-voters flow through City Hall in Burlington. 

Condos says those who plan on mailing in their vote should do so before Friday.
Voters can request an absentee ballot as late as Monday, but by then, you'll need to drop it off with your municipal clerk.

Not everyone wants to skip the line Election Day.

"I have not voted yet, but I'm planning on it," said Scott Scribi.

"It's part of my routine, and I don't know enough about early voting to feel confident in the process," said Binney Mitchell, voter.

Condos says he does not expect a record number of early votes but... 

"You're going to see some pretty heavy turnout." 

That's thanks to a presidential race, the lack of an incumbent governor and competitive races down-ticket.

Those who requested an early ballot but lost it can get a new one but there's no recourse for those who vote early only to change their mind.

Starting in January of next year, you'll be able to register right at the polls.

And in July those who get a new license will be automatically registered to vote.

But for now, there's still a deadline.

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