During the 2016 election, fewer than 100 people in Franklin County voted curbside. This year, in large part because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Franklin County Board of Elections says just under 1,600 people utilized the option.
Aside from an early technical error in Franklin County, there were no widespread issues with Tuesday’s vote in Ohio. However, non-partisan groups who help protect and inform voters say that misinformation and voter intimidation were problems throughout the election.
There are only a few days left before Election Day, and while millions of Ohioans have already cast their ballots early in-person or by mail, that process is more difficult for a certain segment of voters.
In the parking lot of Community Development for All People on Parsons Avenue, representatives from the Franklin County Board of Elections and the League of Women Voters discussed voting by mail and early voting opportunities, and gave an update on poll worker recruitment efforts.
Ohio voters with disabilities already have the option of curbside voting on Election Day. But a group representing voters suggest that option could be expanded to help medically fragile people who cannot mask themselves and walk into polls this November.