Voter registration numbers in Lorain County have already exceeded 213,000, the total from 2016.
Lorain County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams said today that there are 213,999 registered voters in Lorain County, an increase of more than 4,000 from the amount prior to the primary in May.
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And that number could increase even more, Adams said.
The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 permitted agencies like schools, libraries and bureaus of motor vehicles — the legislation was informally known as the “Motor Voter” act — to collect voter registration forms. Adams said those agencies have up to five days to get them to the board of elections, so the total of registered voters will likely increase by next week.
Jennifer Black, the director of marketing for the Lorain Public Library, said the library didn’t appear to collect an unusual amount of registrations this year, but did partner with organizers for National Voter Registration Day to have volunteers on hand on Sept. 25, which was National Voter Registration Day. In addition, voter registration forms are available at the library year-round, she said.
Adams also noted that party affiliation is not required on registration forms, so there’s no way to tell if registration favors one party over another.
In-person early voting also started today, and Adams said as of 12:30 p.m., 237 people had voted in person at the Board of Elections.
“We anticipated a line,” Adams said, “But there were only three or four people when we opened this morning. But it’s been a steady stream all day long.”