COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Primary Election Day is coming quickly, but some people aren’t waiting until Tuesday to cast their vote.

This was the last weekend of early in-person voting for the May 3 election, and at the early vote center at the Franklin County Board of Elections, more than 500 people showed up to cast their votes by mid-afternoon Sunday.

Some of those voters said they voted Sunday because of the convenience, saying they came out when they knew they have time and not wait until Tuesday just in case anything were to come up at the last minute.

“We sit down and we look at the ballots, see who’s on it,” said Stephanie Coles, who voted Sunday with her husband Mark. “We read up on them, we do our research, so why not come when it’s fresh in your head?”

According to the Franklin County Board of Elections, at least 17,000 people have already voted in person or returned mail-in ballots to the board.

“It’s all hands on deck until about 8 tomorrow night and then we’ll be in here early on Election Day,” said Franklin County Board of Elections Public Information Officer Aaron Sellers.

Sellers added that Sundays before an election are always a busy time for early voting.

“Last few days have been certainly much busier than the beginning of the early voting cycle here and that’s normal,” Sellers said. “People obviously know Tuesday is Election Day and a lot of people put this in their plans. They like coming up here and decide they want to come up the last weekend.”

Mark Coles said early voting is a way to ensure his voice is heard at the polls.

“It’s important,” he said. “Have generations that have fought and died for the right to be able to vote, so I like to honor that by being able to come out and do my civic duty.”

There is one more day of early voting, with the Franklin County Board of Elections, located on 1700 Morse Road, open Monday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come Election Day Tuesday, polls across the county and the state are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.