ASHLAND -- Ashland County Board of Elections director Shannon Johnson predicts less than 30 percent of voters across the county will cast a ballot during this year's election.
Despite opportunities like early voting, she says its common to see poor turnouts in elections that don't feature federal-level candidates.
"If you want to see your person elected, you have to get out there and cast your ballot," she said.
As a longtime employee of the Board of Elections, she can recall times when the lack of voter participation affected the results. Specifically, she highlighted an instance a few years ago where a township trustee race was tied. A coin flip ultimately determined the winner.
"Had just one more person got out there and voted, we could have declared a winner," Johnson said.
This year's election features ballot issues and races for city, village, township and school board officials.
Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Voters can find information about their polling place through a new app, called Ohio Voter Info, or online at ashlandvotes.us. If using the website, they should first navigate to the tab labeled "My Vote," and then select Find Your Polling Location." From there, they can find where to vote by searching their "voter registration" or for a "street segment."
Sample ballots are available at the app and website, too. To view, people should choose "Click here for Sample Ballot" on the website's homepage.
Early voting was offered via extended hours at the Ashland County Board of Elections throughout October, but ends at 2 p.m.
"We have to do the same amount of work if we have a 90 percent turnout or a ten percent turnout," Johnson said. "So come out and vote."
View Ashland Source's 2019 Election Roundup here.