Early Voting Underway

POSTED BY: Nichole Hannahs
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 10:35 AM

Early voting is underway and there's a new option for those wanting to vote early in this year's election.

In the past the Muskingum County Board of Elections has only offered paper ballots to those wanting to beat the rush to the polls in November. This year, one official said they'll offer voters a choice between paper ballots or the electronic voting machines.

"We're just trying something different to see if it works," said Chris Hamill. "It's more convenient and easier for the voter."

One person voting early Tuesday did choose to use the electronic machine and when you vote early you're not required to bring identification.

"We're looking everything up in the system," said Hamill. "We have it on file and we match the request form and their signature against what we have in the system."

As a reminder the last day to register to vote is October 11 and all absentee ballots must be into the Board of Elections by 7:30pm the day of the election. Ohio is one of 32 states that allow any voter to cast an early ballot by mail or in person without a reason.

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