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ELECTION 2018: Early voting spikes in Medina County

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    The turnout for early voting has exceeded the turnout in 2014. Colder weather did not seem to keep away county residents Monday.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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    Early voting at the Medina County Board of Elections began Oct. 10 and will continue until Nov. 5, the day before the election.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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Early voting hours for this week:
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
  • 1-5 p.m. Sunday
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday

A list of what will be on the ballot can be found on Page A2 and information where to go to vote on Nov. 6 can be found at www.medinacountyelections.org.​

The 2018 general election has brought out more early voters than previously seen in 2010 and 2014, according to early voting numbers from the Medina County Board of Elections.

“It has been increasing,” said Elections Board Director Carol Lawler.

“In the office, in person voting, we have already exceeded the last two gubernatorial elections in 2010 and 2014.”

As of Monday, a total of 5,844 people have voted in person in the office located at 3800 Stonegate Drive, Suite C, Medina.

In addition, the office received 7,593 returned absentee ballots from the 15,539 requested.

In total, 13,437 Medina County voters have participated in early voting up to this point, Lawler said.

“In general, I’d say we’ve exceeded what normal expectations are for in office voting (in this election),” said Lawler.

In 2014, 48,997 electors cast ballots in that year’s general election.

This year in Ohio voters will decide on a new state leader with Democrats Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton facing off against Republican challengers Mike DeWine and Jon Husted for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively.

In addition, the ballot also includes a hotly contested race between U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, who is seeking his third term in office, and U.S. Rep Jim Renacci, a Republican and former Wadsworth mayor. Voters will also decide the outcome of local races for county commissioner and domestic relations court judge as well as several school issues.

Early voting began Oct. 10 and wraps up at 2 p.m. Monday. Election Day is Nov. 6 and polls open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

Work schedule is a factor some county residents said influence their participation in early voting.

“Pretty much my job. You know, I never know when I’m going to get off so I didn’t want to take a chance and miss the election and voting on Nov. 6,” said Medina resident Jeff Kadusky. “It’s very convenient for, you know, my work schedule and stuff.”

Medina resident Kamell Jones said she wants to vote, but doesn’t want work to interfere. Jones said that she prefers early voting.

“I just took a part-time job so I don’t know if I’ll have time,” she said Monday. “I do prefer early voting just because it’s (done) on my time.”

Lawler said the office averaged around 480 voters each day last week in the office.

Monday, the office had a steady stream of voters.

“Today, there was really not a long wait and it was a nice day to come,” said Medina resident Marianne Rowland.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.


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