Early voting in Valley doubles from 2018 election
A record number of voters in Ohio are turning out to the election polls early in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties.
Tuesday, October 18th 2022, 11:36 PM EDT
A record number of voters in Ohio are turning out to the election polls early in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties.
In Mahoning, the number of folks voting early is way up this year. In October 2018, 781 voted early and during the same time in 2022, 3,034 voted.
In Trumbull, the Board of Elections says early voting is also up.
"We're seeing a big uptick of people at the early vote center going out to get it done," said Trumbull Board of Elections Deputy Director, Stephanie Penrose.
And more voters are casting their ballots early in Columbiana County.
"So far early voting is really high. It's about double at this point back where we were in 2018 so it's exciting to see voters getting out to the polls early," Deputy Director of Columbiana Board of Elections Bryce Miner said.
Boards of elections say they believe more people were introduced to early voting in Ohio during the pandemic.
"The people really saw it was convenient and they felt good about getting it done," said Penrose.
"Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or independent voter, there's something on this ballot for everybody that's critically important so I think that's why we have so much interest in this election," Miner added.
The majority of voters in Trumbull and Columbiana are neither democrat or republican but are undeclared. That's due to not voting in the primary election where one must declare Republican, Democrat, or Independent to vote for candidates in their party.
Local Boards of Elections and their voting places are open Monday through Friday to vote early.
There is still time to submit an application to your Election board to get an absentee ballot mailed to you. If you miss early voting you can vote in person Tuesday, November 8 at your local polling place.