A look at early voting numbers in the Mahoning Valley
Early voting is underway in the Mahoning Valley ahead of the November election.
21 News checked in with local Boards of Elections to see how many voters have already cast their ballots.
Mahoning County Board of Election officials said they've had 1,148 early in-person voters. They've also processed more than 4,400 absentee ballot request forms.
Trumbull County Board of Elections Director Stephanie Penrose told 21 News last week that about 200 people voted early October 11, the first day you could do so. She said there's been a steady turnout but there have been less than expected.
Penrose added that early voting turnout is down compared to the August special election, but she does expect more mail-in voting this time around.
Columbiana County had about 60 people vote early on the first day which is more than they had during the August election. Deputy Director Bryce Miner said he believes there will be more in-person voters in his county than mail-ins. Miner said he noticed the trend during the August election which was the first time in-person voting beat out mail-in voting.
The November election includes issues to decide the future of abortion access and recreational marijuana legalization in Ohio.
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