Time is winding down on voter registration for the November elections. This year, officials are expecting a decent turnout, predicting 54 percent which is about the same it was four years ago in the last midterm elections and up from 42 percent, eight years ago.

"We see a lot of excitement out there, a lot of activity, we have close to 19 thousand absentee applications already," said Tom McCabe, Mahoning County Board of Elections Director.

McCabe tells 21 News, if you submitted an application for an absentee ballot, expect it to come this week.

People have between now and 9pm Tuesday, October 11th,  to register to vote and you can do that online, at your local post office or local board of elections.

Ohio early voting lasts 28 days, beginning Wednesday, October 12th at 8am. Early voting conveniently allows registered voters to cast their ballots, either absentee or in person, before the November 8th election.

You can request an absentee ballot up until three days before election day and if you choose to mail it, it must be postmarked by November 7th, to be counted.

McCabe says you can trust that your voting experience will be secure.

"In Ohio we have this phrase that it's hard to cheat, easy to vote in Ohio," said McCabe. "We have one of the best systems nationwide," he said.

You can go to your local boards of elections to vote, there will also be special hours for that. On election day, polls will be open from 6:30am until 7:30pm.
For more information, you can go to voteohio.gov.