Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Tuesday that 116,272 absentee (early voting) ballots have been requested by mail and in person for the May 8 Primary Election by the close of business April 14.

And while 11,524 Ohio voters have taken advantage of early voting to cast their ballots for the May 8 primary, only 35 of those were from Williams County voters, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office reported.

The statewide numbers this year lag behind the same point during absentee voting in 2014, when 109,415 absentee ballots had been requested and 31,709 ballots had already been cast.

And county Elections Director Heather Freese confirmed during Tuesday’s monthly elections board meeting that voting activity at the county elections office has been “slow” thus far.

Freese and deputy director Mandy Frank also told the elections board they have 114 poll workers prepared for the primary, and are always taking applications for new poll workers. They also said they obtained 10 EScan voting machines from Hamilton County to serve as backups for the primary, and have streamlined election night polling place check-in procedures.

Tuesday’s election board meeting was the last monthly meeting prior to the May 8 primary, when the board will convene at the start of election day voting at 6:30 a.m.

TO EARLY VOTE

Early voting began April 10. To vote by early/absentee ballot, apply at the Williams County Board of Elections at 1425 E. High Street, Suite 104, Bryan, phone 419-636-1854. The office is open for early voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week.

Voters also may cast ballots from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

On May 8, Ohio voters will decide a statewide ballot issue, a number of state and local races, as well as a total of 477 local issues across 83 counties. A list of candidates for statewide, congressional, state legislative, and court of appeals offices is available online at MyOhioVote.com.

Voters can find their polling location, check their registration and view a sample ballot by going to MyOhioVote.com/VoterToolkit.

Information on local contests also is available by contacting the Williams County Board of Elections.

As of April 17, the Secretary of State’s breakdown of Williams County early voting activity showed:

• Sixty absentee ballot applications have been requested by mail, including 18 Democratic Party applications, 0 Green Party applications, 36 Republican Party applications and 6 non-partisan applications.

• One absentee/early ballot has been cast by mail as of April 13 — a Republican Party ballot. But 34 early ballots have been requested and cast in-person, including 22 Democratic Party ballots, 0 Green party ballots, 12 Republican Party ballots and 0 non-partisan ballots — for a total of 35 early votes cast as of April 14.

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