Masking up for Democracy: Carterville votes in the 2020 election

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Isabel Miller

Election Judge Rebecca Harrison shows Donna Washburn how to fill in her ballot Tuesday, November 3, 2020 inside the Carterville Community Center. Washburn believes that it is important to vote and has been voting in Carterville for 56 years.

Despite record early voting turn out, a line formed before Carterville’s polling place opened at 6 a.m., according to election judges. At 10 a.m. a steady stream of voters are quickly casting their ballot and leaving to continue their day.

Angela Morris-Schoonover of Carterville gets directed to her district’s polling area by SIU Freshman Sophia Maring Tuesday, November 3, 2020 inside the Carterville Community Center. It’s 18-year-old Maring’s first time as an Election Technician. “I think it is really it is really important [to volunteer] especially with all the voter turnout this year,” Maring said. (Isabel Miller)

The Williamson County ticket includes the elected positions of Circuit Clerk, Coroner, Treasurer, County Commissioner, Judge of the Appellate Court and Judge of the Supreme Court for the Fifth Judicial District.

The Community Center is open until 7 p.m. and is located on 120 North Greenbriar Road. To check if you are registered to vote click here.