Early voting for the March 12 election began Monday, and according to McCulloch County Clerk Tina Smith, the turnout was “slow compared to past elections.” “We had a few come in, but it wasn’t as heavy as we would have liked it to be. Next week I feel like voter turnout will be heavier with it being the last week of early voting.” Early voting by personal appearance will run through Friday, March 8. Early votes may be cast at the McCulloch County Courthouse in the office formerly held by the sheriff’s department. Jane Lemke, former election judge, will assist the county clerk’s office with early voting. In a previous meeting, the commissioners authorized Mrs. Smith to hire one temporary part-time person to assume the two-week position. The last day to receive applications for ballot by mail is Tuesday, March 5. Mrs. Smith added that the state prefers all counties to use the state issued applications for voting by mail. To obtain an application, voters must stop by the county clerk’s office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12.