More than 2,000 Lee County residents have taken advantage of the early, or one-stop, voting period, casting votes prior to Tuesday’s primary elections.

As of Thursday, the date of the most recent numbers, a total of 2,335 votes had been cast at the two early voting sites, according to data provided by the Lee County Board of Elections.

A total of 1,225 votes were cast at the McSwain Agricultural Center while 1,080 chose to vote at the Board of Elections office, according to data provided by Election Director Jane Rae Fawcett.

Today (Saturday) marked the last day early voting was available, she said. Both sites were to close at 3 p.m.

Sanford residents’ votes on Tuesday will determine the city’s next mayor. Council members Sam Gaskins and Rebecca Wyhof Salmon, both Democrats, are the only two candidates seeking the seat being vacated by current Mayor Chet Mann.

Since there is no Republican candidate, the winner will be declared after the primaries, Fawcett said.

Early voting data shows that 49.76% of votes have favored the Democratic ballot and 50.24% for the Republican ballot, Fawcett said.

The polls will be open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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