Updated: 10/23/2013 5:50 P.M.
Less than three weeks until election day, and it definitely isn't as busy as it was last year.
The Washington County Board of Elections says in-person absentee voting is not only down from 2012, it's down slightly from the most recent comparable election cycle, back in 2009.
That said, there are even differences between the '09 election and this one.
"This is a similar type of election," says Elections Board Director Tara Hupp. "But there were three state issues on the ballot then, that maybe would have brought more voters out. This year, everything on the ballot is local, and there are no state issues on the ballot."
Hupp adds people may still have trouble finding the new board of elections. It's now located at 204 Davis Avenue, Suite B, in the former Children's building, just below Marietta High School.
Absentee voting continues until the day before the November fifth election. The elections office will be open Saturday, November 2, from 8 A.M.-noon, and Monday, November 4, from 8 A.M.-2 P.M.
UPDATE 9/25/2013 10:05 AM
For some folks, there will be an election this fall - mostly in Ohio.
And there will be changes in where some early voters in Washington County will cast ballots in the coming weeks.
The Washington County Board of Elections has been at a new location on Davis Avenue in Marietta for nearly two months.
It's a site the elections board believes is more modern and secure than its old location at the Washington County courthouse, and it has facilities for something coming up very shortly - absentee voting.
"We'll have polling and voting booths set up, as well as tables people can sit at," says Tara Hupp, elections board director. "All along the wall and the center floor, that will be our early and absentee voting room."
And while it's been quieter compared to last year, there are elections coming up in Washington County in November.
Elections for municipal, township and school board offices.
"A lot of our levies are renewal or replacement issues, levies that now are on the books and working, but if they don't renew or replace them, they expire," Hupp says.
But those do include an emergency levy for Frontier Local Schools.
Absentee voting begins next Tuesday, and continues until the day before election day.
In the meantime, preparations are under way for what will be a much busier 2014 election year, including statewide and congressional races.
"Our focus is on the November election, to make sure we have a fair and honest election for the voters," Hupp says. "But we know the May primary is in the not-too-distant future."
And for the record, Wood and Pleasants Counties do not have elections on the first Tuesday in November.
But they do have school excess levy elections during the month of November.
It's been the most quiet election year in our area in some time.
But that's about to come to an end.
Washington County is gearing up for fall elections for city councils in Marietta and Belpre, plus township trustee and board of education races throughout the county.
Absentee voting for that election begins next Tuesday and even in quiet election years, that sometimes has been busier than election day itself.
"The absentee voting in similar cycles, in 2009, we had over 3,000 absentee voters. In 2011, we had over 4,000 absentee voters. So part of the process has been increasing," says Washington County Board of Elections Director Tara Hupp.
The board of elections new location is located on Davis Avenue in Marietta, in the back of the new disaster preparedness center.
In addition to the candidate races, Frontier Local has a school issue on the ballot in its district.