COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Polling locations across Ohio are getting ready for people to come in and vote in Tuesday’s primary election.
There are 320 polling locations in Franklin County, and poll workers and employees are at those places setting up everything Monday.
“They’re setting up machines, they’re setting up the roster tables, they’re putting out the signs,” said Antone White, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections. “They’re getting the location prepped and ready to go in anticipation for voting at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.”
Employees are set up in the Franklin County Board of Elections “war room,” fielding calls from other polling places that may run into any problems or have questions.
Set up on election eve is something relatively new for Franklin County, having started in 2019 with some locations. The primary marks the third election where all 320 polls are getting set up the night before.
“It takes a lot to set up a location and so to have the time to do it the night before to ensure we’ve got everything in place, we’ve dotted our Is and crossed all our Ts,” White said.
The hotline center expects to field thousands of calls before Tuesday morning.
“This room will take thousands of calls but it’s OK,” White said of the hotline. “We’re here for our poll workers. We’re here for our voters.”
The Franklin County Board of Elections has been recruiting poll workers for weeks, and White said he is confident there will be enough workers on hand Tuesday for everything to go smoothly.
According to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office, 263,542 Ohioans voted early in this election, with an additional 301,837 requesting absentee ballots.
Polls for the primary open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.