"They're thinking that 33-percent of the people voting absentee this election," said Appleton City Clerk Char Peterson. "If that's the case, that'll be a little over 11-thousand in the City of Appleton, compared to a little over nine-thousand in 2008,"
To accomadate early voting, the city council chamber and meeting rooms have been converted into a single polling place. But it's expected to keep elections volunteers very busy.
"We have one clerk's office with a two-week window of absentee voting, trying to get all of these people in. On election day, we have 15 polling locations. So it's 15 places it's being spread out at. So people should expect a wait and be patient here."
Early voters say voting this way will be far easier to have their voices heard.
"We have very busy schedules with our children at night. And just want to make sure we have an opportunity to vote and have some extra flexibility," said Steve Price.
"Well, I thought to avoid all the confusion and rush later on, I'd just do it now," said Patricia Tate.
"I have some travel plans that week. I wanted to make sure I didn't miss out on this opportunity," said Srinivasa Dadi.
The 2012 early voting period runs through November 2. That's a week less than the 2008 presidenital election.
Local 5's Terry Kovarik has the story.