Belmont County breaks record for early voting numbers

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With less than 24-hours until the start of elections, Belmont County has broken its own record, which was impressive to begin with. 

The county, known to have thousands of devoted and engaged voters, has outdone itself. 

As of Monday, 12,000 people voted early, which is an all-time high for a mid-term election.

Election officials said they could see another 12,000 turn out to the polls on Election Day. 

“If we do, we’re more than capable of handling that,” explained Belmont County Election Board Director Bill Shubat. “I think it would be a very good turnout, yes. And again, if you look at what we did in 2014 in a gubernatorial mid-term election, as it was we thought that was good and it was 9,900 and we are well above that.” 

Shubat said it’s been brisk throughout early voting, but especially late last week and on Monday. 

Early voting wrapped up at 2 p.m.

On Tuesday voters will go to their own polling place to vote, not to the election board.

The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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