Polling locations in the St. Joseph area were packed with voters Tuesday morning.

A line of 20 people stood outside Ashland United Methodist Church at 5:40 a.m., 20 minutes before the doors opened. 

More than 600 ballots were turned in at Ashland United Methodist Church by 10:15 a.m. That marks around 45 percent of the registered voters assigned there.

"We've had a steady flow all morning and we've had a huge turnout. That doesn't happen very often especially with minor elections like this," said volunteer Bailey Uldrich. 

At Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish on Frederick Blvd., more than 1,565 ballots were cast by 11 a.m. 

"We had a great start at 6 o'clock; the lines were almost out the door," said Dick Schott, supervisory judge at Our Lady of Guadalupe. "There wasn't one time we had no one."

Schott said he hopes to see 4,000 voters by the end of the day.

The Buchanan County Clerk's office said 11,482 individuals cast a ballot as of 11 a.m., which is 21.6 percent of registered voters.

As of 3 p.m., the office recorded 19,221 ballots, which is 36.2 percent of registered voters.

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