JEFFERSON — Anyone who wishes to vote early for the May primary can do so at the Ashtabula County Board of Elections.
No one had voted early as of Tuesday morning, Board of Elections Director John Mead said.
About half of the county will vote in the primary this year, Mead said. Ten levies are on the ballot, in addition to Democratic primaries in two Ashtabula wards, according to the Board of Elections website.
Early voting is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday until April 23. From April 26 to 30, early voting will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m..
Early voting will also be available on the weekend before Election Day, On May 1, voters will be able to cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. On May 2, early voting will be open from 1 to 4 p.m., and on May 3, the day before Election Day, early voting will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the Board of Elections website.
For the November presidential election, the county operated an early voting center, located near the Board of Elections. This year, the board will go back to normal. Mead said the early voting center was not deemed to be necessary for this year’s primary.
“We feel we can handle the early vote here in our office, as we have in the past,” he said.
The early voting center could be used for next year’s gubernatorial election if it is deemed necessary, Mead said.
The early voting center was a success last year, he said. About half of voters either used the early voting center or voted by mail, and the other half voted in person on election day, Mead said. The split in early and in-person voting made Election Day calm and balanced, he said.
“This primary season is just as important as any other election, and with elections happening across 60 counties, it’s going to have a big impact in communities across Ohio,” Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said in a statement announcing the start of early voting.