By Carol McIntire
CARROLL COUNTY – Absentee voting for the Nov. 8 general election continues by absentee ballot request and by voting in person at the Carroll County Board of Elections.
Vickie Reed, director of elections, said, as of Oct. 24, 2,464 absentee ballots were requested and mailed to county residents from the office, 18 to military and oversees personnel, 24 emailed to military personnel and 50 to county residents residing in nursing homes.
Of the ballots requested, 1,192 regular, 19 military and oversees and all 50 of the nursing home ballots have been cast.
“The number of absentee ballots requested is a record for Carroll County,” said Reed. “Along with the absentee ballots received by mail, 364 absentee ballots have been cast in the office.”
Reed said her office staff is predicting a voter turnout of about 67 percent for the election.
“During the last presidential election in 2008, we had a voter turnout of over 70 percent,” she said. “Our average turnout for an election is between 40 and 50 percent.”
The county has 18,001 registered voters.
Absentee ballot applications must be received by boards of elections by noon Nov. 5. Voters are encouraged to submit their requests as soon as possible to ensure sufficient time to complete and return their ballot to the board of elections.
If ballots are returned by mail, they must be postmarked by the day before the election and arrive at the board of elections within 10 days of Election Day in order to be counted.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted recommends voters who do not mail their ballot prior to election week, take the completed ballot to the post office and request it receive a postage cancellation marking or return it personally to their county board of elections prior to the close of the polls at 7:30 p.m. Election Day.
The Carroll County Board of Elections will be open special hours through Nov. 7.
Hours are as follows (by week):
Oct. 27 and Oct. 28: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Oct. 29 (Saturday): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oct. 30 (Sunday): 1-5 p.m.
Oct. 31-Nov. 4: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Nov. 5 (Saturday): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nov. 6 (Sunday): 1-5 p.m.
Nov. 7: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nov. 8: Election Day: Polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Husted said statewide, as of Oct. 21, an estimated 1,259,401 voters requested an absentee ballot. Of those, 344,314 have been cast. In addition, 165,515 requested and cast an absentee ballot in person. Of the 21,310 military and oversees voters who requested an absentee ballot, 6,065 have been cast.
Husted noted there are 7,784,128 Ohioans registered to vote.
For additional information, contact the county board of elections at 330-627-2610.