A total of 274 Putnam County residents took advantage of the first day of Early Voting to go ahead and cast their ballots in the May election. Election officials say the first day went smoothly, but are reminding voters that this IS a primary, so they HAVE to choose whether they want to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary. You cannot vote in both. Sample ballots are posted in the lobby of the Election Commission office. Early voting hours are 8 am to 7 pm today, 8 am to 5 pm on Friday and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday. The Early Voting period runs through April 29th.