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     Ahead of the polls opening Tuesday many of you already cast your ballot by voting early or through absentee. In Scott County, roughly half the election was counted the day before the election. 

     A couple dozen workers were upstairs behind closed doors all day Monday at the county administration building. They were busy going through envelopes containing absentee ballots. The first results we'll start to see once the polls close Tuesday will be from those ballots. In Scott County there are about 45,000 people who voted early.
     "I think this is the highest number Scott County has ever seen and it's about 10,000 more requests than what they saw in 2008," said Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz.
     Before the counting action started at 6 a.m. Monday, the room was filled with dozens of bins containing the ballots and six tabulating machines ready to go. "They actually take them out of the envelope, make sure everything on there has been signed and dated," added Moritz.
     Ballots come and go in locked boxes, the entire process is under video surveillance, and it's a bi-partisan team of 25 people doing the work. "Each one of those going through the machine to make sure they're correct."
     With higher numbers voting early the county adds more workers to help out. Moritz wants voters to know that state laws are followed to the "T" and it counts no different than those polling in person. "I think it's important for people to know their vote does count because a lot of people still question that absentees only count if it's a close election or what that process is."
     Even getting a one day head start the job is far from over. The team expects still have 10 to 15 thousand early ballots to go through Tuesday. Then come the rest of the votes from all the polling places to the office.
     The Rock Island County clerk tells KWQC her office follows state code to stay secure as well. That county has seen nearly 20,000 people vote early, with about 4,500 of those by mail.