DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – At 7:30 p.m., the polls throughout Ohio will officially close.
Long lines plagued some voter locations in the Miami Valley, causing some to wait in line for 45 minutes or longer.
In Montgomery County, there are roughly 370,000 registered voters in the Miami Valley. Election officials expect that 70-to-72 percent of those registered voters cast their ballots at the polls Tuesday.
Montgomery County Board of Elections Director Jan Kelly says the process had minor hiccups Tuesday, but nothing they didn’t already anticipate.
“We’ve had a few issues at some of the precincts. Some paper running out because of a lot of voters there. Perhaps a machine we had to shut down, but the beauty of that is we have so many machines at the polling locations that it didn’t cause any problems,” she said.
Officials deployed an extra three machines at all 177 polling locations in Montgomery County to make sure lines and wait time weren’t impacted.
In Clark County, Election Day saw a steady flow of voters. The First Christian Church on Middle Urbana Road in Springfield is the largest and busiest polling location in Clark County. Tuesday morning, poll employees told 2 NEWS that the line of voters had wrapped around the building.
After that, it was a steady flow of voters afterward.
As of 6 p.m., more than 37,000 people had cast their ballots in Clark County on Tuesday alone. The total hovers around 58,000 total.
Clark County is one of the few counties that continues to use paper ballots, so election officials say there’s no threat of cyber hacking.
Jason Baker, Clark County Board of Elections Director says he’s expecting more voters this year than the 64,000 who voted in the 2012 presidential election.
Clark County election officials say that so far, there have been no reported voting issues other than running out of the “I voted” stickers at some locations. Officials are also expecting a large rush of voters between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — when the polls close.