The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 5 general election passed on Monday, and in-person and mail-in early voting has begun.
Tuesday marked the first day of in-person voting and the first day of absentee voting by mail. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose encourages registered voters to cast their ballots during early voting or on Election Day.
"Every election matters, and the ones happening this November are going to have a direct impact in your backyard,” LaRose said Monday.
In Williams County, 87 local candidates and nine issues are on the ballot and machines are set up in the elections office for early voters, county Elections Director A.J. Nowaczyk said Tuesday.
"The big advantage of early voting, of course, is it's almost always less crowded than at the polls on Election Day. And, if you work or have other responsibilities or are going to be out of the county on Election Day, with early voting, you can vote when it's convenient," Nowaczyk said.
He added that the county elections staff is prepared for Election Day.
"The ballots are ready, the voting machines are ready, staff is ready and our poll workers are ready," Nowaczyk said.
Following are hours that state election boards, including the Williams County Board of Elections office, 1425 E. High St., Suite 104, Bryan, are open for in-person early voting:
October 8-11: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October 15-18: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October 21-25: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October 28-31: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 3: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 4: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
* Special note: All boards of elections, including the Williams County office, will be closed for in-person early voting on the Columbus Day federal holiday, Monday, Oct. 14.