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Ada mobile voting van goes out of service, but near another early voting site

Ada County's Mobile Voting Unit was knocked out of service Friday, the last day of early voting, by a generator that failed and cannot be quickly repaired. (CBS 2 file photo)

Ada County's Mobile Voting Unit was knocked out of service Friday, the last day of early voting, by a generator that failed and cannot be quickly repaired.

Without power, the mobile unit will be out of service all day, said Phil McGrane, Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk.

However, the mobile van was located in front of the Borah Post Office Building at 8th and Bannock Streets in downtown Boise when it went kaput, so voters who showed up at the mobile van are being directed two blocks away to Boise City Hall where early voting is also taking place until 5 p.m.

Problems with the van aside, Ada County elections officials report a big turnout for early voting this election cycle.

As of Thursday, 31,780 people have cast early ballots in Ada County, McGrane said. He also said 20,434 ballots have been mailed in and some nine thousand are still out.

It's also expected that at least 2,000 people will vote in Ada County by the end of the day, McGrane said, and another big turnout is expected on Election Day Tuesday.

Nationally, as of Friday morning, at least 25,859,552 votes have been cast early or by mail nationwide, according to data collected by Catalist and CNN.

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