Absentee voter numbers keep going up

SANDUSKY Voters in Erie County apparently are discovering the convenience of casting their ballots early. The popular
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Voters in Erie County apparently are discovering the convenience of casting their ballots early. The popularity of absentee balloting appears to be growing in Erie County, election officials say.

There are still "old school" voters who like to show up on Election Day, which this year is Nov. 3. Many of them will need to know their voting locations have moved.

Every voter became eligible to use absentee ballots in the 2006 election.

In 2007, an election comparable to the current one, 3,200 absentee ballots were cast, said Debbie McDowell, director of the Erie County Election Board.

As of Thursday, 3,270 absentee ballots already had been issued, with 1,767 coming back so far. This suggests absentee balloting is becoming more popular, said Jennifer Ferback, deputy director of the election board.

While many absentee ballots are cast in the mail, voters can also use them in person by coming to the election board offices on the first floor of the County Services Center, 2900 Columbus Ave. Signs with arrows will direct them where to vote.

Hours for in-person absentee balloting are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The service also will be available from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 31, the Saturday before the election.