“Although the line was longer than we have ever seen before, it was moving,” Corbin said. "At some points on the weekend, there were no lines. We still expect there to be a significant turn out on the last weekend and we are going to make sure we are fully staffed so we can keep the line moving.
There is also an anticipated influx of mail for the final weekend.
So far, both the number of ballots requested (56,374) and returned ballots (39,028) have exceeded vote-by-mail numbers in 2016, and are on pace to exceed the high early voter turnout in 2012. As of Monday morning, 69 percent of the Nov. 3 ballots have been returned. Nearly 94 percent of the mailed ballots were returned in 2016, and 97 percent in 2012.
Voters have until noon on Oct. 31 to request a mail-in ballot but state and local elections officials request those applications come as quickly as possible because last-minute mail-in ballot requests may not be received by voters until either on or after Election Day.
Mail service is anticipated to be slower due to the expected volume of mail-in ballots. Last week, with two full weeks remaining in early voting, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose reported more than 675,000 vote-by-mail ballots have been returned to county boards of elections, which was more than doubled the number in 2016.
LaRose has pushed for Ohioans to get their applications in the mail by today, despite the deadline being Oct. 31 — three days before Election Day. LaRose says that almost guarantees voters won’t get their ballots in time.
“The bottom line is, don’t wait,” LaRose said.
Any ballot postmarked on Nov. 2, the day before the election, and received within 10 days after the election, will be counted. Also, any hand-delivered ballot to the board of elections by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day will be counted.
In-person early voting will take place every day until Nov. 2. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3.
Reporting from staff writer Laura Bischoff was included in this story.
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