Long lines move along with ease as early voting enters its final weekend

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The board of elections has a system modeled after Disney World to make sure lines keep moving and voters don't have a long wait (WSYX/WTTE)

Tens of thousands of people are expected to cast their ballots over the next three days before Tuesday's election either in person or by mail.

Early voting ends Monday at the Franklin county Board of Elections at 1700 Morse road in north Columbus. It's recommended you don't wait until the last minute.

If you're voting absentee by mail you're asked to make sure your ballot is postmarked by Monday, November 7th. You can hand deliver by the close of polls election day but only at the Board of Elections building.

That building has the hustle and bustle feel of Black Friday holiday traffic. It was a mad rush Friday to vote in this historic election.

"We thought it was going to be 2 hours and it was probably only like 10 minutes," said voter Lindsay Agnew.

The line stretched along the Franklin County Board of Elections building at the dinner hour. ABC 6/FOX 28 caught up with Tim Ayers up front.

"I'm 75 years old and this is the most important in my life time," said Ayers.

"There's a lot of excitement a lot of energy a lot of people want a front row seat to democracy," said Franklin county Board of Elections Deputy Director David Payne.

People can hand deliver absentee ballots on election day. "You can't take an absentee ballot to your polling location it would need to come here," said Payne.

If you're voting early, you're not in line for long. An OSU professor made sure of it after a line analysis modeled after the happiest place on earth.

"It's literally the same formula they use at Disney World to get people through the line the only difference from us and Disney World is we don't have a fast pass," said Payne.

There are noticeable efficiencies in place inside to move people from the line to the voting machines.

After all is said and done, nearly half of the some 843,000 registered voters in Franklin county will have made their choice before election day. "We expect that about 40 to 45 percent of the votes cast in Franklin county will be early votes," said Payne.

Ayers is one with his vote in the can.

"Flawless and I'm glad I've done it and hope the right people get in," said Ayers.

The Board of Elections has fielded calls about mailings about absentee ballots. Elections officials say there's no need for alarm. You can check the progress of your absentee ballot online.