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Early voting continues in Ohio primary

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Early voting for the Ohio primary election started Tuesday at the Lawrence County Board of Elections and will extend through Saturday, May 3.

The board offices on the first floor of the Lawrence County Courthouse will host early voting hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through May 2. The board offices also will be open Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to noon for early voting. Election Day is Tuesday, May 6.

Early voting isn't done on a machine, but by absentee balloting based on party affiliation, including Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green Party and non-partisan voting, according to Kathy Overbeck, director of the county's board of elections.

The deadline to register to vote in the May 6 primary is April 7. The office will be open that day until 9 p.m. for last-minute registrants.

Registered voters wishing to vote early need to fill out an absentee application prior to being given an absentee ballot. The process can as little as 10 to 15 minutes, Overbeck said.

The four election board members were the first to vote Tuesday, Overbeck said. Only a handful of other voters showed up Tuesday to vote early, she said.

"We're looking for a light turnout," Overbeck said. "I'll be surprised if we get a 10 percent turnout."

In addition to state races, including governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer and state auditor, there is a race in the 6th Congressional district, a state senate race, and two state representative races.

Locally, Lawrence County Auditor Jason Stephens, a Republican, is unopposed.

There will be two primary races for Lawrence County commissioner. Freddie Hayes Jr., an incumbent commissioner, faces Wayne Taylor in the Republican primary while Tanner Heaberlin, a former county commissioner, faces Tim Edwards in the Democratic primary.

There are a number of committee races on the ballot along with Issue 1, regarding state bonds for improvement projects, and two levies in the village of Athalia, a fire levy and a general operating levy.

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