This weekend: The final stretch for early voting

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This weekend: The final stretch for early voting

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Saturday, Sunday and Monday are the final three days of early voting for the 2017 general election. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

Saturday, Sunday and Monday are the final three days voters can cast a ballot before Election Day.

Voters can cast ballots at the Butler or Warren county board of elections from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday.

Based on early voting turnout in Butler County, Butler County elections Director Diane Noonan said voting turnout should be similar to 2015 levels when three state issues were on the ballot, including the controversial marijuana legalization issue that ended up easily failing.

“I believe we will be steady this weekend, and feel we will be close to the 2015 turnout of 40 percent,” said Noonan. “I project we will have over 35 percent turnout on Election Day.”

That’s around what Warren County elections Director Brian Sleeth is projecting this election, too.

“We have seen the Saturday and Sunday voting increased volumes over the last few years,” said Sleeth. “On Election Day, I assume we will be at the average 30 to 35 percent turnout.”

It’s believed the two state issues on the ballot will drive voters to the polls, just as it had in previous elections. But Cedarville University political science professor Mark C. Smith said it may not be.

“My gut tells me these issues are non-starters in some ways,” he said. “I think they are too confusing and voters are struggling for cues on what to think. They are looking at division between organizations where they expect unity.’

Because of this, he thinks there could be slightly lower turnout as a result.

If you plan to vote early, the address for the Butler County Board of Elections is 1802 Princeton Road in Hamilton, and the address for the Warren County Board of Elections is 520 Justice Drive in Lebanon.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7, and polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For questions, Butler County voters can call 513-887-3700 and Warren County voters can call 513-695-1358.

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