Early voting sets record week

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Board of Elections reported more than 4,000 residents cast their vote during the first week of early voting hours — helping break the county and state’s record for early votes cast.

Director Laura Bruns said as of Tuesday, 4,482 votes have been cast so far. Bruns said the highest turnout was 850 people, a number typically seen on the last day of early voting. The final week usually averages around 700 voters per day, she said. In the 2016 presidential election, around 10,000 early votes were cast total, which Bruns said the county is well on its way to surpassing this year.

“Those are numbers we typically see the last week of early voting … we are going to have a lot of people coming in. So far, people have had a very positive experience,” Bruns said.

Bruns said the longest wait in line has been approximately 20 minutes and that was only for a short period of time last week. Bruns said the early voting traffic has been steady, with printing ballots for each voter taking the most time in the process.

Absentee ballot issues by a third-party vendor has delayed voting for those registered voters. For more on that issue, see the related article on today’s front page.

Bruns also said the curbside voting option has been well received. Last Monday, 10 votes were cast in that manner. A bi-partisan team assists the voter in their vehicle. Signs and instructions are located on Water Street on the north side of the courthouse.

According to the Secretary of State’s Office, triple the number of Ohioans have voted at early voting centers across Ohio compared to the same point four years ago. According to a press release, 193,021 Ohioans voted early in-person in the first week compared to 64,312 at the same time in 2016.

“Voter enthusiasm is off the charts and we couldn’t be happier,” said Secretary of State Frank LaRose. “We’ve never seen this many people voting early in-person and it demonstrates what Ohioans know to be true — it’s easy to vote in the Buckeye State!”

With 216 hours of early voting available to registered Ohioans, Ohio ranks ahead of 43 other states. Ohio is one of 20 states with voting on Saturdays and one of just five that allows voting on Sunday.

• Early voting for Miami County registered voters:

Voting will take place at the Miami County Courthouse located at 215 W. Main St., Troy. Use the west-facing entrance on the south side of the building (toward Main Street). Bring identification to the vote center. Voters will be required to practice safe social distancing guidelines while in line and wear a mask when entering the building (if the statewide mask mandate is still in effect).

Early voting is available:

Thursday, Oct. 15 to Friday, Oct. 16 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 19 to Friday, Oct. 23 — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 24 — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 25 — 1-5 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Oct. 30 — 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31 — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 1 — 1-5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 2 — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Election Day voting

Voters can find their polling location at https://lookup.boe.ohio.gov/vtrapp/miami/vtrlookup.aspx

The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. Voters will be required to practice safe social distancing while in line and while inside the polling location, and wear a mask when entering the building (if the statewide mask mandate is still in effect).