DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Early voting is underway as midterm elections start to head down the home stretch.
Montgomery County election officials are seeing a steady stream of voters.
“As of 1:30 today we’ve had about 242 early absentee voters that have come in. It’s pretty standard. It’s about as standard as we thought it would be. A lot of people here first thing in the morning,” said Jan Kelley, the Director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
The numbers might not blow anyone away but it’s still better than last go around. Officials also sent out a few thousand absentee ballots, Wednesday.
The numbers are up partially because of the gubernatorial race and several high-profile county races.
However, overall voter turnout last midterm was under 50 percent.
“In 2014 we had about 30.99 percent turnout. We are expecting it to be about that same number this year. Give or take a few points depending on what happens. You never know what’s going to happen between now and election day,” said Kelley.
As time winds down, campaigns are setting up shop 100 feet away from the polls, encouraging people to do their civic duty.
Democrat and congressional hopeful Theresa Gasper along with several other democrats are still hitting the campaign trail with everything they’ve got.
“My mom ran a congressional office for 12 years. So for me, not voting is not an option. You vote. Period. I don’t understand why you wouldn’t vote. To me if your not going to vote, you lose your right to complain. Maybe we take away people’s Facebook license if they don’t vote?” said Gasper.
Congressman Mike Turner is also encouraging citizens to get out and vote, saying that he plans to take his own parents to do their early voting next week.