Hamilton County Board of Elections offers expanded hours for early voting until Nov. 7

Posted at 6:38 AM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 06:38:35-04

CINCINNATI -- A week and a half into the early voting period in Hamilton County, the Board of Elections is expanding hours for those wishing to cast their ballots without waiting in lines come Election Day. 

This week, voters can submit ballots from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, which is an extra hour compared to last week. For Oct. 31 through Nov. 4, the Board of Elections will expand another hour so Hamilton County residents can vote from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Weekend hours will also be available before for the early voting cutoff date of Nov. 7. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday hours are 1 to 5 p.m.

According to Sherry Poland at the Board of Elections, 914 early votes were cast in Hamilton County on Oct. 12, the first day of early voting in the 2016 presidential election.

Of those votes, 567 came from registered Democrats and 112 came from registered Republicans. Another 225 votes came from individuals who are not affiliated with a major party, Poland said.

In Franklin County, Ohio -- the state's capital -- 2,300 early voted on the first day.