Less than half of early mail-in ballots returned prior to election day

TUCSON, Ariz. - Election day is here and less than half of mail-in ballots were returned prior to Election Day. 

This year, 293,808 early mail-in ballots were sent out and 146,154 mail in ballots were returned, according to the Pima County Recorder's Office. 

Brad Nelson, the Pima County Election's Director, says this year nearly 70 percent of Pima County voters were on the early mail-in ballot list. 

"The trends that have been happening over the last 10 years is more and more people are taking the option to vote early through the mail in process. I think we'll continue to see that during this particular election," Nelson said. 

Nelson added that he projects the percentage of Pima County voters will increase to 75% from 70% by election year 2020.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. on Tuesday and will close at 7 p.m. 

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