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Open house at Board of Elections

Stacey Hartley • Oct 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM

To kick-off the first day of early voting, a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into operating polls and ballot boxes was offered during an open house Monday.

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the last day to register to vote, the Huron County Board of Elections office staff showed parts of the process and equipment used to keep votes and information secure during elections.  

This year’s three-step voting process includes:

• First entering and verifying the voter’s identification on a touch-screen tablet

• Then filling in the ballot at cordoned-off desks to keep selections protected from another’s view,

• And finally entering the ballot in an automatic scanning device, secured with multiple locks; with all information submitted and stored off-line to protect voters’ information from online hackers.

For the 2019 general election, some important dates are:

• Early in-person voting began Tuesday and includes the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Election Day Nov. 4

• Absentee voting by mail is now to Nov. 5

October early in-person voting dates:

• Now through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Oct. 15 to 18 (closed for Columbus Day, Oct. 14) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Oct. 21 to 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Oct. 28 to 31 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

November early in-person voting dates:

Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Nov. 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

For more information call 419-668-8238 or on the website at huroncountyboe.com.

The Huron County Board of Elections office at 180 Milan Ave., Suite No. 4, in Norwalk. 

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