Busy weekend expected at Early Voting Center

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – There’s just four days left until Election Day. Already, 70,000 Franklin County voters have cast their ballot at the Early Voting Center.

Last weekend, deputy director of the Franklin County Board of Elections David Payne said the line to vote wrapped all the way around to the back the Early Voting Center. It’s expected to be even busier this weekend.

“We’re getting you in and getting you out,” said Payne. “You can have a front row seat to democracy, get down here and vote”

He said the longest it’s taken anyone to get through the line is about 30 minutes.

Early voters said don’t let the line intimidate you.

“I was surprised really how quickly it went,” said voter Cynthia Feldner.

“It was quicker than I thought. It was easier than I expected it to be, so I was very happy,” said voter David Burns.

“It took us about 10-15 minutes. It went quick, really quick,” said voter Craig Davis Sn.

Payne said OSU professor Dr. Ted Allen and his students analyzed the most efficient way to place lines, tables and voting machines.

“He’s helped us immeasurably and lines are quick due to the professor at Ohio State,” he said. “They do that same analysis like they do at Disney World, so when you’re at Disney World you can get through the lines quickly. The only thing that we don’t have that Disney World has is Fast Pass.”

And voters are noticing.

“The line was pretty decent. It went kind of quick. It was smooth, no problems and the machines work great,” said Davis.

“I think it actually was a little faster than my regular precinct on a normal general Election Day,” said Feldner.

Payne estimates about 40-45% of Franklin County voters will cast their ballots early.

“We want them to vote and we think we will get more people to vote if they know it’s quick and painless,” he said.

All you need to provide to vote is your signature and the last four digits of your social security number or driver’s license number.

Early Voting Hours:

1700 Morse Road

Columbus, OH 43229

Saturday, November 5

8:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday, November 6
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Monday, November 7
8:00am – 2:00pm

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