YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County Board of Elections officials said there was a steady flow of traffic all day Monday, which was the last day for early voting in Ohio.
Five minutes before the 2 p.m. deadline, people were still walking in to vote at Oak Hill Renaissance Place.
This year, the board is using a new voting area for the election in preparation for the 2016 presidential election.
“We have tried something new with the parking lot across the street. It is only assigned to voters who come here to vote so we are trying that out for the presidential election instead of people having to walk completely through the building and the office. We think that is more accommodating,” Mahoning County Board of Elections Director Joyce Kale Pesta said.
The board of elections says 178,000 people are registered to vote, but only around 100,000 will cast ballots.
The Trumbull County Board of Elections also saw lots of people coming in before the deadline. Early voting turnout ended up being less than what was predicted last week.
“We had actually anticipated about 20,000 early voting requests either by mail or at the counter all together and today we are a little above 15,000, so it is probably a little slower than what we had planned on,” Trumbull County Board of Elections Director Kelly Pallante said.
Trumbull County expects 40 percent voter turnout at its 208 precincts.