Early voting

Eric Tebbe, left, prepares to vote this morning at St. Francis Township precinct at Teutopolis Township Hall. Election judges back to front are Shannon Nosbisch, Cynthia Vahling and Mary Lou Deters.

Voters streamed into polling places throughout the area this morning to cast their ballots in today’s consolidated election.

In some precincts, the trickle was a torrent at times — especially in precincts with hotly contested village or school board races.

Perhaps the hottest issue within the county is the Summit Township liquor question, in which township voters are deciding whether to allow alcohol sales within the township — which includes the Lake Sara area.

The issue brought out voters early this morning, a stream that is expected to continue throughout today. By 10 a.m. this morning, more than 100 people had cast ballots in Summit 2 precinct.

Teutopolis precincts also saw a steady turnout this morning.

“I’m surprised we have this many,” said St. Francis Township Precinct 1 election judge Shannon Nosbisch. “We usually have a bust time in the morning, then again in the late afternoon.”

Forty-six voters had cast ballots in St. Francis 1 by 8:20 this morning. St. Francis 1 covers part of the village of Teutopolis, which has a hotly contested race for village president between incumbent Jerry Weber and Trustee Kurt Schmidt.

In Teutopolis Township 3, election judge Elizabeth Runde reported 28 voters by 8:03 a.m. Runde said the contested village races for president and trustees should spark a higher than usual turnout within the village.

“I think we’ll have a good turnout for that reason,” Runde said.

Other Teutopolis Township precincts also reported relatively heavy turnouts. In Teutopolis 1, 27 had voted by 8:11 a.m., while 40 had voted in Teutopolis 2 by 8:16 a.m.

St. Francis 2 voters — including those living in Montrose — also were headed to the polls in greater than usual numbers. Election judge Janet McMahon said the turnout was good for a consolidated election, with 28 voters casting ballots by 8:40 a.m.

Turnout was slower in some Douglas Township precincts within the city of Effingham. At Douglas 6 precinct at Centenary United Methodist Church, election judge Kim Mills said turnout was very slow with only 12 voting by 9:03 a.m.

In Douglas 12, voting at the Illinois Secretary of State building on South Willow Street, only 21 had voted by 9 a.m.

While Douglas Township and Effingham Unit 40 schools have contested races for board seats, no Effingham City Council elections are being held this year.

Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 132 or bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com.

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