July 23, 2016

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Early voting steady so far in Medina County

MEDINA TWP. — The number of county residents who cast an elec­tion ballot has topped the 12,500 mark.

Overall, 12,614 county residents had voted in this year’s general elec­tion through Tuesday, according to Jan Pilat, direc­tor of the Med­ina County Board of Elections. Earlier this month, county election officials esti­mated that between 10,000 and 12,000 registered voters would par­ticipate in the early voting process.

“We’ve been doing quite well (in early voting),” Pilat said Wednesday. “It’s not as strong as a presidential election year, but our numbers are definitely up for a non-presidential voting year.”

County Republicans have out­numbered Democrats in early voting by 630 tallies. As of Tuesday, regis­tered county GOP voters totaled 4,811; Democrats came in with 4,181; independent voters had 3,604; Libertarians, 17; and the American Constitution Party had one voter cast a ballot, Pilat said.

There are approximately 125,000 registered voters in Medina County.

The Elections Board office, 4210 N. Jefferson St., is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. How­ever, the office will be open 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today and Friday to accommodate early voting. On Sat­urday, the office will host voting from 8 a.m. to noon.

In addition to early voting at the board office, residents can request a mail-in ballot, which is due in the office no later than 7:30 p.m. on Elec­tion Day. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot from the office is Saturday.

For information about vot­ing in this year’s general elec­tion, contact the Elections Board at (330) 722-9278.

Contact Steve Grazier (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.