Thousands in Columbus take advantage of first day of early voting


COLUMBUS (WCMH) –Thousands of Ohio voters took advantage of the beautiful weather Wednesday and turned out to cast ballots on the first day of early voting.

In Franklin County, more than 2,400 people voted in person at the early voting center on Morse Rd.

David Payne, Deputy Director of the Franklin County Board of Elections said about 144,000 absentee ballots were mailed out to voters who have requested them. Payne says more and more Ohioans are voting early.

“Probably 45 percent of the electorate now here in Franklin County is choosing to vote early whether it’s absentee ballot or our early vote center,” he said.

A Hillary Clinton campaign bus, making the rounds in Ohio, picked up students at Ohio State University Wednesday morning for a ride to the early voting center.

Daniel Scheinman is a freshman voting in his first general election.

“I supported Bernie in the primary but I quickly saw that Hillary represented the values I support in a general election,” Scheinman said.

The bus ride was one of many events planned by campaigns to kick off the early voting.  Millenials may be a key voting block in the presidential race.

Molly Walton is a sophomore from Toledo.

“We are the ones who are going to be affected most by the outcomes of these elections so I think we need to turn the apathy into action when we realize how it’s going to be setting the tone for the rest of our futures,” Walton said.

It was mostly young people in line at the early voting center this morning, some who had camped out over night.

18 year old OSU student Mikayla Lee, voting for the first time in her life, was first in line.

“I just had this sense of pride that was just so exciting and they had like a little beep afterward and just hearing that beep was so satisfying for me,” Lee said.

Voters will have the chance to decide races for congressional and state legislative seats, justices of the Ohio Supreme Court and appellate judges, and members of the state Board of Education. Around the state, local candidates and more than 1,800 local issues, including school levies, also are on ballots.

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