Early Voting Turnout Lower Than Expected

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WOUB Staff Writer

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Updated Mon, Feb 27, 2012 10:59 am

The number of Athens County early voters for the upcoming March 6 primary election has not been as high as expected.

Debbie Quivey, Director of the Board of Elections, says of the almost 48,200 registered voters in the county, 1,166 have requested a ballot. As of this morning, 762 ballots have been returned.
 
The voting booths are open for absentee voting until Friday, 6 p.m. Mail voting is possible until noon on Saturday.
 
After discussions about two possible primary dates in Ohio, they were glad about only one election date, said Quivey.
 
"That election, if we had had another one, would have cost over $60,000," she said.
 
With the primary election in March and the general election in November, this year will have the biggest impact on the budget in a 4-year cycle, said Quivey.
 
Quivey says the 2008 presidential election was the biggest turnout the Board had seen since she began working at the elections office 20 years ago.
 
"We wouldn't be surprised if this fall would even be bigger," Quivey said.
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