DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Board of Elections is preparing for an extremely busy four weeks, and beyond. Director of the Board Jan Kelly says, “We always are in an active mode of trying to get people to register and we also try to encourage people who are registering other people to vote to get the correct registration, address, make sure the signatures are correct so we’re not processing invalid registrations.”
Roughly 381,000 people are currently registered in Montgomery County, a slight uptick compared to the last midterm election four years ago. Kelly and her staff are trying to make it easy for you: you can register in person until 9 pm Tuesday at several locations.
She says, “Any of our locations like libraries, colleges, high schools, job and family services, any public agency. However they do have until midnight on the Secretary of State’s website, which they can link through our website to register online.”
Right now it’s all hands on deck for Kelly and her staff of 32, in the middle of their busiest stretch of the year. Early voting starts Wednesday, from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, so you don’t have to wait until November 6 to cast your ballot.
Kelly says, “Then we’ll go to extended hours the final two weeks of voting from 8 am to 7 pm then Saturdays and Sundays over the final 2 weekends so you can check our website for those voting hours on the weekends.”
For voters who requested an absentee ballot and have been wondering where they are, Jan Kelly says they legally can’t be sent out until registration ends and early voting begins. So look for them soon; 32,000 will be sent out Wednesday.