1,200 Absentee Applications Submitted in Muskingum County

by Emily Baird on September 22, 2010 at 5:04 am

Voting in the November Election begins in a few days.

Early voting starts Tuesday, September 28th. So far, 1,200 applications have been submitted, requesting an absentee ballot.

"It’s a very good number. It’s a high number. I look for more and more people to vote absentee. You have a lot of different parties or different groups that do send out applications for absentee ballots, " says Muskingum County Board of Elections Executive Director, Chris Hamill.

Hamill says a lot of local residents find early voting convenient because they can fill it out and review it in the comforts of their own home, but absentee ballots need to be sent back to the Board of Elections by noon on October 30th.

Hamill says the number of people who turn out to vote at the polls in November still exceeds the number who vote absentee.

"You have a lot of people who just like that day of going to the polls…Election Day. (They like) seeing the poll workers and being able to vote on the machine. A lot of older people still love going to the polls," says Hamill.

If you would like to request an absentee ballot, you can call the Board of Elections at 740-455-7120, visit its website to print off an application, or stop by its office just off 7th Street in Zanesville.