UPDATE: Early voting polls busy as total of ballots hits 35,000-plus

Lines stretched outside Columbus' early voting polls today as residents rushed to cast ballots on the last day of voting before Tuesday.

Elections director Nancy Boren said the total number of early ballots in as of 2:30 p.m. had hit 35,116, inching toward the record 38,075 cast before Election Day in 2008, when the early vote determined the outcome of some races. Candidates who had been running ahead in Election Day voting abruptly learned they had lost when those votes were counted.

Along with candidates, ballots here include six city charter amendments, two state constitutional amendments and a Sunday alcohol sales referendum, raising fears of delays at the polls on Election Day if voters aren't prepared to decide on such proposals.

The North Highland Assembly of God poll closed at 3 p.m. The Columbus Public Library poll closed at 4 p.m., and the downtown elections office at 5 p.m. The Columbus Baptist Association on Steam Mill Road closed at 6 p.m.

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