Early voters turned out until the last possible minute, at the Belmont County Election Board.
Officials say 5,000 people have voted early.
Some suggest it’s the marijuana issue that’s sparking interest in this off-year election.
But Belmont County elections officials say the voters in this area have a tradition of deep interest and response in every election.
They will have new voting machines to use.
They are optical scan machines, as they have been in the past, just with more bells and whistles.
They’re ADA compliant for every voter, regardless of their disability.
But one thing will be different.
“Our ballot this time is a two page ballot, so I would like everyone to know they will receive two sheets of paper,” said Bill Shubat, Belmont County Election Board director.
A felt-tipped marker will be provided at each machine.
Belmont County is only the second county in the state to try the new and improved voting machines.
Some people insist they have an uncanny resemblance to a trash can.
“Just a little bit, yes,” Shubat admitted. “But they are not to be confused for one. They are not.”
The polls are open in Ohio from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.