Delaware County Board of Elections has been predicting an 80 percent voter turnout for next Tuesday’s presidential election. During the 2012 presidential election the board saw a 75 percent voter turnout with 99,254 votes cast.
Board of Elections Director Karla Herron said that out of the 133,075 registered voters in this election cycle approximately 20,000 have voted by mail and about 12,000 have voted in person at the Board of Elections.
Early voting began Oct. 12 in Ohio for the general election.
Herron said she has heard reports of low voter turnout in other places. “Not in Delaware County,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
This is Herron’s fifth presidential election at the Delaware County Board of Elections.
As of Friday morning, Herron said the board had received about 75 percent of the absentee ballots back that were sent out to registered voters. She expected the percentage of returned ballots to be at least 80 percent by the end of the day.
“As soon as we send out absentee ballots they are sending them right back,” she said. “That tells me they have made up their mind.”
By the weekend before election day of the 2012 presidential election, only 50 percent of registered voters had voted. “The last four days are always our largest days for people to come in and vote in person,” she said.
Last Sunday the board office was open from 1 to 5 p.m. for early voting.
“When we opened our doors Sunday afternoon we had over 100 people in line,” she said. “Nobody waited over 10 to 12 minutes to vote. We didn’t want a line to scare people away.”
The Delaware County Board of Elections will be open for early voting the next three days:
• Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
• Monday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All mailed absentee ballots must be received by the Delaware County Board of Elections by noon on Saturday Nov. 5.
D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.