Last-minute Election Day reminders
By Marc Kovac
Did you request an absentee ballot?
And, if so, did you already cast it in the mail or in person at your local election board?
Or are you planning to take the traditional route and vote Tuesday – Election Day?
The 2016 presidential campaign and Ohio’s early voting period are coming to an end, with the majority of ballots yet to be cast in one of the nation’s pivotal swing states.
Here are some final things to know before the polls close at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday:
1111The Mahoning County Board of Elections is at 345 Oak Hill Ave. in Youngstown. The Trumbull board is at 2947 Youngstown Road SE in Warren, and Columbiana County’s board is at 7989 Dickey Drive in Lisbon.
11111111You also can submit your absentee ballot in person at your local board of elections office on Election Day by 7:30 p.m.
111111111Not in Ohio. If you cast an absentee ballot, you’re stuck with your choices. Trying to vote again on Election Day could spark an investigation into voter fraud, said Josh Eck, spokesman for the secretary of state’s office. Those who vote twice could face a felony charge.
11116. Election Night: If you want to keep track of Ohio-specific results, you can do that on the secretary of state’s website Vote.Ohio.Gov.
Tabulations from Ohio’s nearly 8,900 precincts will be posted throughout the evening after the polls are closed.
That includes the outcomes for the presidential race, Ohio’s U.S. Senate and Supreme Court seats and some 1,804 local issues.
111Eck said those first numbers will cover all absentee ballots cast in person and those received in the mail by that point.
1111Included in the mix: More than 22,000 absentee ballots requested by Ohio’s active military men and women or other residents living overseas.
1111In 2008, nearly 5.8 million of close to 8.3 million registered voters (70 percent) cast ballots.
And in 2004, more than 5.7 million of nearly 8 million registered voters (71.8 percent) cast ballots.
Compare that with 2014, when Gov. John Kasich was re-elected against Democrat Ed FitzGerald, and only 41 percent of voters cast ballots. Or 2010, the year Kasich unseated incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland, when about half of Ohio’s eligible voters participated.
22222That’s slightly below the three most recent presidential elections.
Following the turnout trends during those contests, that could mean 5.5 million actual votes could be cast Election Day. But that’s total speculation, and there isn’t an official statewide turnout prediction from the secretary of state’s office.