The county elections office has received 104,060 completed ballots, to be exact, just shy of a quarter of all ballots mailed out to eligible voters.
That’s the count as of 3 p.m. today. Most, but not all, of those ballots will be counted by the end of tonight — just more than 78,000, County Auditor Julie Anderson said.
Anderson predicts a 48 percent turnout in the county, just a bit more than what is forecast statewide. Voter turnout was anemic in the first days of ballot return, but jumped in the last two days. It was better than the same two-day period in 2010 and 2012, according to Anderson’s office.