Early voting in Ohio begins today

Early voting in Ohio begins today
A group that is headed to cast their ballots. (Source: Jocelyn Smallwood)
A group that is headed to cast their ballots. (Source: Jocelyn Smallwood)

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Ohio voters will be lining up all day Tuesday at early-voting centers across Cuyahoga County and the state, exactly four weeks ahead of the November 4 Election Day.

Ohioans can vote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting today through Oct. 31. Offices are closed on Oct. 13 for Columbus Day.

You can also vote on two Saturdays leading up to Election Day, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Monday, the Supreme Court granted a last-minute stay of a lower court's ruling expanding early voting days and times in Ohio.

Meantime, Vote-by-Mail for the General Election gets underway today as well. The Board of Elections will be mailing out approximately 120,000 ballots.

"Thousands of people are waiting for their ballots and are eager to vote," said Pat McDonald, Director of the Board of Elections. "They will be happy to learn that they will begin arriving in their mailboxes this week," said McDonald.

In the last Gubernatorial Election of 2010 approximately 200,000 votes were cast by mail. McDonald estimates that there will be a total of 160,000 Vote by Mail ballot requests for this Election.

Ballot applications are available on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website: http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/, local public libraries, or by calling 216-443-VOTE (8683).

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