Four of the original five early voting machines have filled up since the Union County Election Commission programmed the two demonstration machines on Wednesday, according to Union County Clerk Shannon Phillips.
The decision to utilize both demo machines for early voting was part of a contingency plan should early voting run higher than expected. As of 6 p.m. on Thursday, 6,204 people had early voted in Union County, according to an email from Phillips.
That number is close to rivaling the 6,498 votes during the same period for the 2008 general election, however, Phillips noted that voting has slowed markedly from the 600-plus days of last week to the mid-500s, which is much more similar to 2008 patterns.
Still, Phillips believes Union County is poised to pass by 2008 total early vote numbers.
Early voting will continue for three more days, until 6 p.m. today, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.