Analysis: Few will go far to vote early
Almost half of the more than 54,000 Franklin County residents who voted in person before Election Day at the early voting center in Northland live within 5 miles of the facility; those who live farther in the rest of the 532-square-mile county used it sparingly.
But Franklin County, Ohio’s largest in population with more than 1.26 million residents, is prohibited from opening a second or third early-voting center under a controversial state law passed by the GOPcontrolled legislature in 2011 that restricted early voting and made other changes.
“State law says that every county is only permitted to have one early-vote site,” said Catherine Turcer, executive director for Common Cause Ohio, a government watchdog group. “If the goal is to have early voting be