And so it begins...

Auglaize County Election Board officials are expecting to match the large turnout from 2008, but a large early voter turnout may soften the blow when it comes to being long lines at the polls the election today.

Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said as many as 6,000 absentee ballots have been filled out, which included 140 early voters on Sunday. On Monday, another 100 had went to the Elections Board Office to vote by noon. Early voting was open until 2 p.m. Monday.

“It is going to be a big turn out,” Campbell said. “Hopefully this will help cut the line.”

The 6,000 early votes represent approximately 19 percent of the approximate 31,000 registered voters int he county.

Of the 6,000 absentee votes, approximately 2,000 of them have been from voters who’s polling place is at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, where the largest amount of people vote in the county.

“That is a lot of people not to be in the building,” Campbell said. “But it doesn’t lessen the fact that we will likely be very busy Tuesday.

Campbell noted that they will likely see an exceptionally big turnout in Uniopolis, where voters are considered a vote to unincorporate the village. If approved, the move would put the village under control of Union Township.