Voter registration and early voting on the rise

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The 2018 general election is quickly approaching (Nov. 6) and voters are getting their ballots to the box earlier than usual.

"I don't know if people are just wanting to get it over with or if they have already made up their mind but we are seeing an increase over the primary; about twice as many so far," said Cindy Mohler, auditor-elect for Pennington County.

More than 50 percent of early voters are between the ages of 60 and 75. Mohler said although only seven 18-year-olds have walked in and voted early, she's sure that number will increase as the days get closer.

"We're seeing increases as the days go by too and I know that people are really getting out there. They are hitting the campaign trail really hard and they are sprinting towards that finish line," Mohler continued.

"Some of those will come in before the 22nd (Oct. 22) because that is the voter registration deadline. They'll come in and register and they will want to vote the same day so some of that might increase," Mohler said.