Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ohio postponed its March 17 Primary Election to June 2 out of fear of massive crowds in voting lines.
After some controversy, the Ohio legislature moved the date from June 2 to a closer date of April 28.
There will be no in-person voting; the election will use only mail-in ballots. If you are already a registered voter in Ohio, you will receive a postcard in the mail telling you how to request an absentee ballot.
Once you receive your ballot, you can fill it out and mail it to your county board of elections office or take it yourself to the office. If mailed, for your ballot to be counted, it must be postmarked by April 27 (meaning even if delivered after April 27, the votes will still count.)
If you drop your ballot off, there will be a curbside box at your county board of elections office ( follow this link for the address of every County Board of Elections Office) for the ballots, so you do not have to interact with any person for maximum safety.
In order to receive a ballot, you can choose from these three options:
1. Visit VoteOhio.gov and print out the vote-by-mail ballot request form. You must fill it out, sign it, affix postage (stamp) and mail it into your county board of elections.
2. Call your county board of elections and they will send you a ballot request form. Like the first option, all you must do is fill it out, sign it, affix postage (stamp) and mail it back to the county board of elections.
3. You can write the following information on a piece of paper and mail it in to your county board of elections:
· Full Name
· Date of Birth
· Full registration address including county
· Address where the ballot should be mailed (if different from your registration address)
· One of the these: Ohio driver’s license number OR last four of your social security number OR include a copy of an acceptable form of ID
· State that “I’m a qualified elector and I’m requesting an absentee ballot for the March 17 Ohio primary”
· Indicate if you want a: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, OR Issues Only ballot (choose only one)
· Sign it
· The day’s date
· Phone number (optional)
· Email address (optional)
Originally, an Ohio judge postponed the election, but Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton ordered all polls to close due to the national health emergency.
For any further information on the coronavirus and the upcoming election, please visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call the Ohio Department of Health’s phone number at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
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