MOUNT VERNON — Voters turned out early and in strong numbers Tuesday at voting precincts all across Knox County. Local, statewide, and county issues and candidates were being decided in an election which brought out good numbers of voters to the polls.
Large numbers of voters were filling the voting booths during the early morning hours before many voters went to work. “That’s not unusual in a presidential election to have lots of people vote early in the morning,” Knox County Board of Elections director Kim Horn told the News.
Knox County currently has 58 precincts with each including between 800 and 1,100 voters. A couple locations experienced technical issues with voting machines Tuesday morning. Horn said the issues were addressed and corrected in a matter of a few minutes. Rovers were kept busy replenishing the machines with paper. How long a roll lasts depends of whether or not voters make selections on every race and every issue.
In Centerburg, issues facing voters included the Centerburg Local Schools and Central Ohio Joint Fire District as well as Hilliar Township for roads and bridges. “I have always voted. It’s very important,” said Wally Thomen, who was waiting in line to vote at Centerburg Church of Christ. In looking at the local election issues, Thomen said they are just as important as the national issues, though they are not advertised as much. “They’re closer to home,” he said.
Choosing to vote on Tuesday instead of voting early was Nathan Bishop of Centerburg. “I like to make an impact with my ‘I voted today’ sticker,” said Bishop, adding that there were some long lines during the days of early voting. “This election is really important since Ohio is a swing state,” he said in reference to the presidential election. “There are some really huge issues at hand, and I feel very strongly about my political views.”
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