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MANSFIELD -- More than 1,500 Richland County voters have cast ballots in this year's general election, though that number is down from the most recent Mansfield mayoral election year.

Richland County Board of Elections Director Paulette Hankins said Tuesday a total of 1,109 people have voted in person. She said 496 voters have already returned absentee ballots and another 483 have been mailed absentee ballots.

Those numbers are down from 2015, the most recent Mansfield mayoral election year, according to Hankins. She said a total of 1,926 had voted in person by this date four years ago. She said 1,376 absentee ballots had been mailed out and 949 returned by this date.

With Election Day on Nov. 5, the deadline for absentee/early voting either by mail or in person at the Richland County Board of Elections, 1495 W. Longview Ave., Suite 101, is approaching.

The closest entrance is in the back of the Longview Center by the “Vote Here” sign and flag. Those who enter the front entrance must take the stairs or elevator down to the lower level.

Absentee applications to vote by mail are available by downloading a form from the board of elections website at:

https://www.richlandcountyoh.us/index.php/voting-information/absentee-voting

Early in-person voting hours for the Nov. 5 election are:

-- Weekdays through Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

-- Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-- Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

-- Monday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Voters are reminded that Saturday, Nov. 2, at noon is the deadline to have an absentee ballot mailed to a voter.

All precincts will be open for this election. Those who wish to view their ballot online, or check to find out your polling location, can visit the local board of elections website at:

https://richland.oh-vote.org/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do

Enter your first and last name and your date of birth. You can then view your ballot for the November Election by clicking on your precinct number under “Sample Ballots.”

Call the board of elections at 419-774-5530 with questions.

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