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Expanded Early Voting Hours Start Monday At Franklin County Board Of Elections

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
John Minchillo
Associated Press

Starting Monday, Franklin County residents can get a little extra time to cast early voter ballots in-person at the board of elections office.

When early voting began on October 5, residents could vote in-person on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Now, they get two extra hours during the week starting Monday, until 7 p.m. each day.

Additionally, the Franklin County Board of Elections office, located at 1700 Morse Road, will be open at select times during the weekend and November 1:

  • Saturday, October 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 31 from 1-5 p.m.
  • Monday, November 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

From now until Election day on November 2, residents can officially vote on an array of local school board and council candidates, along with ballot issues — such as a controversial green energy bill that Columbus city council members oppose.

Voters can also drop off completed ballots at the board's 24/7 ballot drop-box.

As of Friday, the board of elections has received over 25,000 ballots through either in-person ballot drop offs or mail-in ballots.

Michael Lee joined WOSU in 2021, but was previously an intern at the station in 2018. He is a graduate from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism where he obtained his master's degree, and an alumnus of Ohio State University. Michael has previously worked as an intern at the Columbus Dispatch and most recently, the Chicago Sun-Times.