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Franklin County elections officials say they have plenty of poll workers for Tuesday primary

Joe Shlabotnik

According to the Ohio Secretary of State's website, Franklin County is 829 poll workers short of the 3,536 needed for Tuesday's primary election, but local elections officials say they do not need the extra help.

Franklin County usually operates 320 polling locations, but this time around the number has been reduced to 156.

Aaron Sellers, public information officer for the Franklin County Board of Elections, said the consolidation is due to a lack of polling location availability.

"A lot of the locations that we're in—our schools and churches—they've got things going on around this time of the year," Sellers said, "There's some maintenance and things that just allow us not to be able to use those locations."

But, Sellers said, turnout is expected to be remarkably low, so Franklin County voters shouldn't run into problems casting a ballot.

"We're in a good spot. We think that we have a significant amount of people to handle Tuesday, and a voter that goes into their particular voting location, they will not know the difference," Sellers said.

Locally, Tuesday's voting includes state House and Senate races, Republican and Democrat state central committee elections and three local liquor options.

Franklin County residents interested in becoming a poll worker can contact the Franklin County Board of Elections through their website or by calling (614) 525-5393.

For a full list of August 2 polling location changes in Franklin County, click here.

Matthew Rand is the Morning Edition host for 89.7 NPR News. Rand served as an interim producer during the pandemic for WOSU’s All Sides daily talk show.