High voter turnout expected in Clark County

Champaign County esitmate lower, but it rivals last presidential primary.

The presidential primary and dual Republican primary races for the 8th Congressional District – one for the special election and one for the full term — are expected to draw big turnout in addition to numerous local primaries and a few school levies.

“I’m expecting it to be relatively high,” Clark County Board of Elections Director Jason Baker said.

Early voting in the county was about average with 4,300 people either casting their ballots early in person or requesting absentee ballots.

The first three weeks of early voting the board saw about 60 people a day, but that picked up to more than 200 a day toward the end.

Champaign County had nearly 1,400 people either request absentee ballots or vote early in person, according to Champaign County Board of Elections Deputy Director Meredith Bodey.

The rush for them began last Tuesday, a week out from Election Day, she said.

Director Kathy Meyer predicts turnout will be about 56 percent, which is about the same as the last presidential primary at 55 percent.

Polling locations in both counties and across Ohio are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Completed absentee ballots had to be postmarked by Monday in order to be counted. Anyone who did not mail their ballot by Monday should make plans to return it in person to the county board of elections before polls close Tuesday, according to Secretary of State Jon Husted. A family member is allowed to deliver it.

Voters can track their absentee ballot, check registration status, find their polling location and view sample ballots at www.MyOhioVote.com/VoterToolkit.

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