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Trumbull, Columbiana Report Strong Early Voting

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Boards of elections in Trumbull and Columbiana counties reported brisk activity over the weekend as early voting ahead of Tuesday’s general election comes to an end.

Saturday was the deadline to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail and in-person early voting at boards of elections ends today at 2 p.m.

At the Trumbull County Board of Elections, Stephanie Penrose reports, as of close of business Sunday 10,253 ballots were cast in office and 30,776 total ballots were issued. That includes 558 in-office ballots cast Saturday and 411 yesterday.

“Absentee voting has been very high this election,” she reported. “We surpassed totals for the past two presidential elections.  We even set a record of 804 voters in one day on Friday.”

At the Columbiana County Board of Elections, 233 voters cast ballots in office Saturday and 177 yesterday, said Adam Booth, director. To date, 2,658 ballots have been cast in office and another 7,984 have been issued a ballot to date, he said. Of those, 9,659 have been received as cast and returned to the board’s office for counting.

“All in all everything has been very smooth for the last few weeks and this weekend included.  We’re already over our 2012 number as I remember that being roughly 10,500,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll have another couple hundred in the office tomorrow so we’ll close in on 11,000 early voters in total.”

According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, 1.3 million voters had requested an absentee ballot by mail as of Oct. 28, the last update posted on the office’s website. Of those, 766,017 were cast. A total of 288,895 had requested and cast a ballot in person. In addition, 22,139 military and overseas voters requested an absentee ballot, 9,288 of which were cast.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.