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Elk Grove Voting Site Moved Outside Because Of Raley's Strike

ELK GROVE (CBS13) - Many will head to the polls Tuesday, and some might encounter a group of picketers because of a grocery's chain's labor dispute.

Picketers were outside a Raley's in Elk Grove all day Monday and they plan to be there again Tuesday, which forced election officials to move the polling station that's usually inside the store.

"Otherwise people would probably try and find somewhere else to vote or it would cause voters not to vote, which is important," Ronette Turner-Corley said outside Raley's on Monday.

Now, the polling station will be moved outside an unprecedented move for the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters.

"I think it's a good thing that it still allows people in general vicinity to come out and vote but yet not cross the picket line," she said.

Meanwhile, all over the county, there's been a record turnout of early voters so far.

"It's been steady all day today but we haven't had a line out the door," an election worker said.

There are also more mail-in ballots coming in than the last presidential election. That could mean shorter lines at the polls Tuesday.

"I wanted to beat the rush and make sure I got it done. I usually get off work at 5, gotta take care of the kids, so I thought I'd do it on my lunch time," one voter said Monday.

The election office said 43 percent of mail-in ballots sent out have already been returned.

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