DARKE COUNTY - While early voting ended last Saturday, the Darke County Board of Elections reported 711 absentee votes for the 2014 primary elections countywide.
“Back when it started in ‘74 [1974-75] you had to have a reason,” said Beverly Marker, Darke County Elections Board member and former board director. “Now they’re calling it ‘early voting’ because it’s earlier than it used to be.”
Now anyone can go to the Election Board office at 300 Garst Avenue in Greenville and vote before Election Day when the board announces the times available to vote.
One reason for some primary elections having low voter turnout are voters reluctant to declare a party or are swing voters, explained Becky Martin, Director of the Dark County Board of Elections.
“Not wanting to declare a party happens in every election. They vote for the person, not for the party because they believe it’s none of anyone’s business what party they declare,” Martin said.
This year, the Ohio ballot has five parties on it — Republican, Democrat, Green, Constitution, Libertarian and a No Party ballot for issues only.
With a total of 711 absentee/early votes, break downs show 414 votes at the Greenville office, 37 nursing home votes, 258 mailed-in ballots and two votes from uniformed and overseas and absentee voters.