Early voting is busy in Butler County but it’s still ‘no line, no wait’

Board of elections worker Iris Johnson raises her hand to help the next person in line waiting to vote on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 at the Butler County Board of Elections in Hamilton. The Friday before the election is typically the largest day for in-office early voting. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF
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Board of elections worker Iris Johnson raises her hand to help the next person in line waiting to vote on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 at the Butler County Board of Elections in Hamilton. The Friday before the election is typically the largest day for in-office early voting. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

Despite having seen about 300 voters an hour on Friday — the busiest rate since early voting started last month — Butler County elections officials say it was pretty much “no line, no wait.”

The Friday before Election Day is typically the busiest for Butler County. In the last presidential election four years ago, around 1,750 voters cast a ballot on the Friday before.

For this election, the Board of Elections hit 1,700 voters by 3 p.m. Early voting on Friday ended at 7 p.m. and projections indicate 2,500 voters will have cast a ballot.

“This pattern reflects the increased popularity of early voting,” said Butler County elections Deputy Director Jocelyn Bucaro. “We anticipate record-setting days to continue today through the final day on Monday.”

Early voting continues on today, Sunday and Monday.

As of Nov. 3, which is five days before Election Day, nearly 44,500 Butler County residents have voted early, either by mail or at the Princeton Road office. That’s a near 2,000 vote difference over four years ago.

Elections officials anticipate about 2,000 people voting early today and about 1,500 on Sunday.

Voters casting a ballot by mail must return their ballots with a postmark dated no later than Nov. 7. Voters may also bring their ballot to the Board of Elections office by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day this Tuesday.

Locals in campaign ads

The pro-Hillary Clinton organization Local Voices re-launched two television ads hitting the area featuring Butler County and Warren County residents. Both are Republicans.

The television ad featuring West Chester Twp. resident Joan Powell, a former Lakota school board member, just in Butler County, while the ad featuring Franklin resident James Stepp will be featured in Warren, Tuscarawas, Medina, Mahoning, Wood, Trumbull and Fairfield counties.

The organization reports it had produced 22 ad spots which cost the group $1.5 million.


EARLY VOTING

Early voting in Ohio has begun, and voters can cast ballots at the Butler County Board of Elections at 1802 Princeton Road in Hamilton. Here are the remaining early voting hours for the Nov. 8 election:

  • Today: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Monday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.