Long voting lines may persist on Nov 4

Posted by LS

(WTOL)- If early voting numbers are an indication of overall voter turnout, there may still be long lines on election day.

Estimates are reaching as high as 80% voter turnout this election. Many remember the long lines that plagued Ohio in the 2004 election.

Early voting was encouraged this election by relaxing the rules for early voting. Ohioans no longer need to state a necessity or reason.

The number of voters who are taking advantage of this new way of casting a ballot has spiked dramatically leaving experts to guess the overall turnout could be a record.

How do I vote early?

You can still vote early in Toledo including this weekend. Here are the hours. If you are a registered voter in Lucas County, you can just show up at the EMS Training Center during scheduled hours. Bring your picture ID, and you can get an absentee ballot and vote on the spot. The EMS Training Center (which took the place of One Government Center from last election) is the only location available for early voting in Lucas County.

Just before noon on Tuesday, the line was about a 15-minute wait for early voting at the EMS training Center.