Many in Ohio take advantage of early voting

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Aired October 23, 2012 on WYSU

Ohioans are taking advantage of early or absentee voting. You can vote at your board of elections during regular business hours and during the weekend before the general elections 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3; 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. Chris Davidson with The News Outlet fills us in on how early voting is going in Trumbull County.

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Wait for some counter space then we’ll get you up there and get you out of here, it’s painless.

Rocky Vadala greets a steady stream of visitors to the Trumbull County Board of Elections. He’s one of 14 temporary workers hired by the board this election season.

We will get you as soon as possible, we just need some counter space … you just dropping off?

Dorothy Edwards of Howland dropped off her ballot in mid-October.

Election day is usually cold, wet, yucky, and crowded and I hate all of that ( laughs).

Director Kelly Pallante says they don’t have an exact count, but are expecting a bump in early voting

We’ve already gotten 17,000 mail-out requests, four years ago 14,000 – we’re up over that already

Deputy Director Jodi Dibble reminds voters to use extra postage if they decide to mail their ballot.

 We use a big envelope and a big ballot, which helps with scanning–  you know the less you fold it the better it is – so it’s $1.30 to mail back. That’s three stamps.

Vadala assists some of the older residents.

Go have a seat right here …we don’t need anybody struggling to vote.

Andrew Bush edited this report. For TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Chris Davidson.