Early Voting in GOP Butler County (Outside Cincinnati) Sees 121% Gain Over 2008

The early voting numbers look good for Mitt Romney in Butler County Ohio.
It looks like high turnout in GOP Butler County (outside Cincinnati) where McCain won with 61% and Bush with 66%.
Early voting was also good for Romney at 121% of 2008.
The Journal News reported:

Election day has arrived. Polling locations opened at 6:30 a.m. today and will close at 7:30 p.m.

In Butler County, voters were out at polling spots before the doors opened, said Jocelyn Bucaro, deputy director of the Butler County Board of Elections.

Bucaro said there was a 30-minute line at the board of elections office, located at 1802 Princeton Road.

“We had lines at most polling locations at 6:30 a.m.,” she said. “Lines have quieted down and there’s a steady stream.”

Bucaro said she anticipates a total of 175,000 voters in Butler County casting a ballot this presidential election through absentee and in-person voting. She said a total of 46,387 absentee ballots have been cast in the county.

Erin Allen who was at the polling place at the Board of Elections Tuesday morning said she always votes and she wanted to cast her ballot on election day. She is looking for change.

“I’m certainly not missing it (the election) I knew nothing would keep me away from here,” she said.

In Monroe, voter turnout was so heavy this morning at fire department headquarters, 6262 Hamilton-Middletown Road, that a police officer had to be dispatched around 8 a.m. to handle traffic congestion problems, said Monroe police Lt. Brian Curlis.

Curlis said the parking lot at the fire station was full and voters were parking on the side of Ohio 4, causing traffic obstructions for motorists trying to leave the busy polling spot.

“We may have to address this with the board of elections next year, but it’s a presidential election and you always have more (voters),” Curlis said.

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