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Local voters wait more than an hour to cast ballots

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - All of the additional days and extended hours for in-person early voting at the boards of election ended at 2:00 p.m. on Monday.

Now for Election Day, the voting shifts to the local neighborhood precincts.

On the final day for early voting, long lines stretched from inside into the parking lots at both the Mahoning and Trumbull county election boards.

Ohio's no fault absentee voting continues to be a popular option among Valley voters.

Mahoning County is reporting a total of 43,532 absentees, with 13,438 of those in house voters which is down slightly from 2008. Trumbull County reports 28,276 and 10,690 in house. The latest numbers in Columbiana County were not available.

If you did not submit your absentee ballot, you can still vote at your precinct on Election Day. However, in this instance you will be voting provisionally and provisional ballots will not be counted on Election Day.

"In Ohio, boards of elections have 10 days to sort through them (provisional ballots) to make sure that valid votes count and the ones that shouldn't count don't count," said Tom McCabe with the Mahoning County Board of Elections.

If you are planning on voting on Election Day, remember that you will need identification. "A driver's license, any utility bill any government check that has their present address on it," said Joyce Kale-Pesta with the Mahoning County Board of Elections.

On Monday, the Mahoning County Board of Elections did final supervised test of voting equipment.

With a projected turnout of more than 70 percent, there could still be lines in some of the larger precincts on Tuesday. "They should allow enough time for voting in their day because if they have to wait in line they may not be able to just run in and in five minutes get their ballot done," said Kelly Pallante, Trumbull County Board of Elections.

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