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Early Voting numbers increase

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QUAD CITIES - Both the Rock Island and Scott County offices believe that early voting numbers have increased from those in 2008.

In Iowa, more than 640,000 people have already voted. More than 900,000 people have already voted in Illinois. People lined the Scott County Administration Center Monday on the last day to vote early in person.

"I came down here to pay my taxes, and I just got rolling," early voter Jeremy Westphalen said. "I thought I could take care of two things at once."

Many voters say they hit the polls early because it was convenient. Westphalen was one of about 15 people in a line to vote at the administration center Monday around 4 p.m.

"I've also heard that there have been a lot of people who have voted early this year," Westphalen said.

According to Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz, more than 45,000 Scott Countians voted early this election. That is up from about 36,000 people who did the same thing in 2008. In Rock Island County, the clerk's office expected about 20,000 people to vote early this year. That is also up from about 15,000 who did it in 2008.

"I think the campaigns got out early," Moritz said. "I actually believe that the more people vote, the more comfortable they feel with the process, and they understand the process."

The waiting time was just about five minutes long at the administration center. Moritz believes another 40,000 Scott Countians will hit the polls Tuesday. Rock Island County believes 50,000 more people will vote Tuesday in person there.