Voters line up early in Montgomery County for early voting

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Beginning Tuesday, the Montgomery County Board of Elections will hold briefings twice weekly to give updates on voting and absentee ballots.

Jan Kelly, Director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections held the first briefing Tuesday and will give a second briefing via the ZOOM digital platform at 3:00 p.m.

In the first briefing Tuesday, Jan Kelly said many voters were already in line before 8 a.m. and things were backed up in the parking lot with approximately 400 people in line. She said it took approximately 20 minutes to get through the line Tuesday morning. As of 9:30 a.m. 400 voters were processed.

Kelly said they used 40 percent of the machines typically utilized in early voting to ensure proper spacing for COVID-19 concerns. Kelly said she believed people had a positive experience while casting their votes Tuesday and there were “hardly any” negative comments.

Kelly said as of Tuesday morning the Board of Elections has 98,024 absentee ballot applications. Approximately 95,000 of those all already in the system ready to be sent out Tuesday, the first legal day to mail absentee ballots. Kelly said, “When you get your ballots this week, don’t delay, return today.”

Kelly reminded voters to fill in the oval completely with a black pen when you complete your ballot. Ballots can be returned by mail or placed in the drop box on Vista View between the Montgomery County Administration Building and I-75 in downtown Dayton. Kelly said the box has strobe lights on it “so you can’t miss it.”

Director Kelly will provide updates on the first day of early in-person absentee voting and other preparations for the November 3, 2020, Presidential Election. 

The Board of Elections plans to host regular briefings recurring each Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. until Nov. 3.

WDTN.com will stream these briefings as they happen to keep you up to date as election day nears.

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