Voters head to local polls in waves

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – It is Election Day and the polls are open.

Polling places are already reporting high turnout across the Miami Valley. Crowds of voters have been coming in waves to Cox Arboretum.

Poll workers say they’ve tallied hundreds of votes so far Tuesday. When the polls opened at 6:30 am there was a line of at least 50 people waiting to get inside.

Many others cast their ballots ahead of time.

The Board of Elections says more than 17,000 people voted early in person. That’s more than triple the 2014 midterms when 4,600 voters came out early.

So far Tuesday across Montgomery County’s more than 170 polls workers have only reported minor machine issues. The director says voters should be reassured security is a top priority.

Jan Kelly, Director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections said, “We have a multi-tiered program in effect, not only on the federal level, but we are working with local officials as well as homeland security, all the way down to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for cyber security issues, visible security and the security of our machines.”

Polls are open here until 7:30 pm and that’s when the Board of Elections will be able to start releasing results.

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