Nearly 18 percent of registered voters in Highland County have already cast ballots for the November election, according to statistics reported Monday by the local election board.
Steve Witham, elections administrator, said that as of 5 p.m. Monday, 4,841 absentee ballots had been processed, including 1,941 ballots cast in person at the election board office. The more than 4,800 ballots processed represents 17.5 percent of the registered voters in Highland County, said Witham.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said Monday that as of Friday, an estimated 1,594,220 absentee ballots had been requested statewide, including 22,139 requests from military and overseas voters.
Voting for military and overseas personnel began on Sept. 24 and all absentee voting began on Oct. 12, the day after the close of registration. Statewide, Husted said 1,054,912 ballots have already been cast as of Friday.
Witham said that remaining early voting hours at the election board are:
• 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.
• 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
• 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
• 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday.
Monday, Nov. 7, the early/absentee voting ends. After that, votes must be cast at the voter’s registered precinct on Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Absentee ballots by mail must be post marked by Nov. 7, or they can be hand carried to the board of elections office until 7:30 p.m. Election Day. No absentee ballots will be accepted at the polling place, said Witham. These rules and times apply to all of Ohio’s 88 counties.
“Also, we should remind voter that there is no campaigning within 100 feet of the polling location door,” said Witham. “No campaign shirts, hats, buttons, or talking about candidates while in line” are allowed, he said.
Witham said the Highland County Board of Elections “staff, and precinct election officials are dedicated to making sure every legitimate ballot counts.”