Early Voting Off To Fast Start In Van Wert County

By Jeff Neumeyer

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM EDT

VAN WERT Ohio, (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Getting out the vote early, Ohio style.

The presidential candidates and others are driving home the "early voting" message in the Buckeye State, and people in Van Wert County are apparently answering the call.

Early voting kicked off at election headquarters in downtown Van Wert October 2nd.

It’s an increasingly popular option.

250 early votes were cast the first two days folks could come to the main election board offices.

More than 1,500 absentee ballot applications have also been requested.

Director of Elections Linda Stutz anticipates as many as 8,000 early votes to be stuffed in the ballot box, which represents about 40 percent of those on the voter registration rolls in Van Wert County.

Interest in the Presidential race is big, but Stutz believes there's more to it than that.

" We're doing an awful lot of registration checking and we have quite a few people that have not voted in a 4 or 8-year period that are coming up to vote, so something is getting them out," says Stutz.

Julie Taylor said she got the urge to vote early after she watched Wednesday's presidential debate.

" It was very important to me and very helpful to me, yes.
It made me make up my mind, I know who I voted for and I feel very good about it," said Taylor.

That didn't matter to Linda McGonagle.

" My mind is made up about what candidate I'm going to vote for, and I like to avoid the crowds on Election Day. There's nothing that they're going to say in the debates that's going to change my mind," said McGonagle, who says the early voting option helps her follow through on her civic duty more often.

The early votes are held and counted with the other votes on November 6th, now just one of many days available to let your voting voice be heard.

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