Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Early Voting Moves To Morse Road
Early in-person voting beings Tuesday. And this year, the Franklin County Board of Elections thinks its choice for the early polling place will be easier on voters compared to the 2008 presidential election.
On Monday, 100 electronic voting machines will be set up where people once purchased homecoming dresses and ties for dad for Fatherâ€™s Day.
The old Kohlâ€™s department store on Morse Road across the street from Taco Bell and Mernardâ€™s will serve as this presidential electionâ€™s early in-person polling location.
Franklin County Board of Elections spokesman Ben Piscitelli said this yearâ€™s location is better than Vetsâ€™ Memorial in 2008 where long lines sometimes snaked around the Downtown building.
â€œThe facility here is so large that people should not have to wait outside if we have long lines,” he said.
In 2008, voters waited for hours to cast a ballot. This year, Piscitelli said it should not take as long.
â€œWe do have more processing stations, about twice as many as we had back then so that should move the line along a little quicker,” he said.
While the Ohio Supreme Court has yet to decide whether to allow early in-person voting the last three days before the election, Todd Wedekind, who oversees the countyâ€™s absentee voting, said that unknown should not present any logistical issues.
â€œWeâ€™ll be here. We have the facility,” Wedekind said. “We have everything in place to do that. We just need to know one way or another. And if that decision comes one week before weâ€™ll be ready for it.â€
The Morse Road location is the only place in Franklin County to vote early in person, although completed absentee ballots can be turned in at the Franklin County Board of Elections.