Early voting is underway in Ohio, so voters who ordered ballots by mail will begin receiving those soon. But thousands of voters will go to their local boards of elections to cast ballots in person, starting today.
Columbus resident Brandy Seymour said she’s concerned about another lockdown like Ohio experienced in the presidential primary. And she said it’s so important she was willing to stand in line for a little more than an hour at the Franklin County Board of Elections to make sure her vote is in.
“I’m worried about people taking votes and throwing them away in the mail. I mean, think about it – how reliable is the postal service anyway? Like, I mean, even just mailing a Christmas card. You hear stories about ‘oh yea, this Christmas card was mailed in 1920 and they just found it and mailed it," Seymour said. Columbus resident Manny Tarver also didn't want to wait to cast his ballot in person. "I didn't want to wait until the last minute. I didn't want to do the mail in ballots."So I just felt that I actually had to get out and go vote today," Tarver said. Lines at county boards of elections around the state were forming before sunrise in many cases. Polls opened at 8 a.m. And by 10 a.m., many voters had waited an hour or more to get into this Franklin County Early Vote Center where they could cast their ballots.The number of Ohioans who want to cast ballots by mail has increased this year. Secretary of State Frank LaRose reported 2.1 million Ohioans had requested mail-in ballots before the early voting officially began. Many of those were sent out yesterday.
But this year, many voters said they questioned the reliability of the United States Postal Service, especially given some of the changes that have been made recently. And President Trump has tried to persuade his supporters to ditch the mail-in ballots and show up in person on Election Day instead. Some voters have elected to deposit their ballots in drop boxes at their county boards of elections.50% more poll workers than they usually have on that day.