LAYTON -- Many more voters cast early ballots this year in Weber and Davis counties than in the 2006 election.
The amount of early interest has Davis and Weber election officials projecting a 40 to 50 percent voter turnout today.
The number of early ballots cast this year in Davis County was 14,271, compared with 7,727 in 2006, said Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings.
"I think (the increase) is because people are becoming aware that we have early voting," he said.
Weber County experienced a similar increase with 7,804 early ballots cast compared with 2,700 in 2006, the first election in which Weber County offered the service, said Weber County Election Administrator Douglas Larsen.
"It is a significant increase, but not an apple-to-apple thing because 2006 was the first year of early voting," he said.
Early voting took place Oct. 19-29 at various poll locations throughout both counties.
Contests pushing Davis County's early ballot count this election include the gubernatorial race, a couple of Senate races and some "hot" representative races, said Davis County Election Director Pat Beckstead.
The State School Board races in the county have also added to the count, as has the proposed Kaysville bond to build a new police station.
But the Kaysville bond vote is isolated to that community only, officials said, making it uncertain as to what impact the bond vote will have on the county's overall election numbers, Beckstead said.
"Bountiful was by far our busiest location," she said, with Layton close behind.
Many early voters also cast ballots at the County Courthouse in Farmington, Beckstead said.
"But they could have come from either direction," she said, responding to whether the voters were from the north end or south end of the county.
"I think voter turnout at the county level and state level is really driven as much over local issues as it is national issues," Larsen said.
And for whatever reason, he said, there's a lot of energy behind the election this year.
The only early voting poll location that was disappointing for both counties was the two-day experiment each respective county election office conducted at the Weber State University campus in Ogden on Oct. 28 and 29.
In the two days, only 55 people from Davis County cast an early ballot, Beckstead said, despite the county registering on campus about 600 new Davis voters.
"I figured we would have the majority of those vote on campus," she said. "We thought this was such a great opportunity.
"This is the first time that this has been done," she said of Weber and Davis county election offices offering early voting on campus.
Weber County election officials had a little bit better success at WSU, where 120 early voters cast ballots, Larsen said.
Despite the low number from the two-day event, he said, Weber County is willing to offer early voting on campus again.