Only one person in Mahoning County registered to vote during extended hours on the final day to do so
By David Skolnick
Extended hours at county boards of elections to allow people to register for the Nov. 5 general election proved to be a bust in Mahoning and Columbiana counties and not much better in Trumbull County.
State law required all 88 county boards in Ohio to remain open until 9 p.m. Monday, the final day to register to vote in the election.
The boards are typically open for business during the week until 4 or 4:30 p.m.
“We didn’t have a soul walk through the door,” said Adam Booth, Columbiana County Board of Elections director.
Five people stopped at the Mahoning County Board of Elections during Monday’s extended hours, but four of them were registered voters, said Thomas McCabe, its deputy director.
“We didn’t expect it to be busy,” he said. “During odd-year elections, it’s not unusual to have one or none.”
At the Trumbull County Board of Elections, about eight residents registered to vote during Monday’s extended hours, said Director Kelly Pallante.
“There’s not a whole lot of interest, that’s for sure,” she said.
The Mahoning board agreed Tuesday to set extended early-voting hours for the Friday and Saturday before the Nov. 5 election.
The board will be open until 7 p.m. Nov. 1. It normally closes for business at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and opens at 8 a.m.
On Nov. 2, early voting will be from 8 a.m. to noon.
There will be no extended early-voting hours in Columbiana County.
Trumbull County has extended hours Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and on Nov. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.