UPDATE: Poll Workers Play Important Role in Primary

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UPDATE 4/9/2014 5:00 PM

The poll workers you see at the voting booth need training too, and even more people are needed to work this primary.

Poll worker training for the Ohio primary election has started.

With 50 precincts and 29 polling locations in Washington County the board of elections says they have trained about half the poll workers so far.

This is the first primary election using the electronic poll books.

And if you bring in your license or state ID it makes the process easier and quicker.

"Poll workers actually, when you come into the polling place, we hope they present a friendly atmosphere, but we want them to be real professional and know what they are doing and be able to get your through the process,' says Peggy Byers, with the board of elections. "Make sure you are in the right polling place because in Ohio, if you don't vote in the right polling place, of course your vote doesn't count."

They are always looking for more poll workers.

Because of vacation and sickness Byers says they try to train around 100 extra people.

There is another session starting Wednesday at 7 p.m.

And two more next week on Monday and Wednesday at 4 p.m.

UPDATE 4/2/2014 9:50 AM

Tuesday was the first day for absentee voting in Ohio.

The Washington County Board of Elections is all set up and ready to go.

People can come register, fill out an application and vote now.

Running from April 1 to May 3, board of elections director Tara Hupp says it wasn't too busy Tuesday but she expects a number of people to vote early.

"Just want to make sure people know this is a primary election, there are different ballot styles available," Hupp says. "So especially when completing their absentee applications, they must make a choice of the type of ballot they wish to have to vote. If they are unsure they can call the office to find out what styles are available."

Hupp says when voting, make sure you are reading the ballot directions and always remember to completely fill in the oval.

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, April 7 is the deadline to register to vote in the May 6 primary election.

UPDATE 3/25/2014 5:05 PM

In about a week you can vote early in the Ohio primary.

The Ohio primary is May 6.

Absentee voting in Washington County starts Tuesday, April 1.

They will start mailing out ballots then but applications are being accepted now.

On April 1 you can go into the board of elections and vote in person as an absentee as well.

The board of elections is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You must be registered by April 7 to vote in the May 6 primary election.

Have you registered to vote yet?

The time is now, as absentee voting starts soon for the May primary election.

In Ohio the primary election is May 6, with Monday, April 7 being the last day to register to vote.

Absentee voting ends Saturday, May 3.

Officials say in Ohio in November a lot of small town elections were decided by just a couple of votes.

This year there are set hours at the Washington County Board of Elections.

Click on the link to the right to access their website.

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