Absentee voting off to slow start
by By Frank Lewis
PDT Staff Writer
True to form in odd year elections, early voting in Scioto County is extremely slow heading into the home-stretch of the voting season.
“We are now at just a little over 700 who have voted,” Scioto County Board of Elections Director Julia Gearheart said. “That’s including walk-ins, in-house voting, mail-outs, everything. Compared to a presidential year, it is dead. After coming off a presidential year you feel like you are walking backwards.”
The number of early voters constitute around 1.5 percent of Scioto County’s 46,825 registered voters.
Voting hours at the Board of Elections are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the last day to vote absentee or have ballots mailed out being Saturday, Nov. 2. The doors will be open for voting that day from 8:30 a.m. until noon.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said all Ohio voters have the opportunity to vote in the next Primary or General Election from the convenience of their own homes by requesting an absentee ballot. You can request your ballot for each individual election beginning on Jan. 1 or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier. Your request must be received by your local county board of elections by noon the third day before the election (usually a Saturday). However, you should submit your request as far in advance of the election as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for the board to mail you a ballot and for you to timely return that ballot.
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.
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