FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 30, 2013
Secretary of State Jon Husted: Absentee Voting Begins Tomorrow
Secretary Husted outlines key dates and deadlines for upcoming November 5 General Election
In-Person Absentee Voting
In-person absentee voting begins October 1, 2013, or 35 days before the election. For specific information including times and locations, contact your board of elections.
Absentee Voting by Mail
Boards of elections will also mail out absentee ballots, beginning tomorrow, to voters who have already requested them. All other voters have until Saturday, November 2rd at noon to request an absentee ballot by mail and they may do so by contacting their county board of elections for more information, or by downloading an absentee ballot request form at MyOhioVote.com.
To cast an absentee ballot by mail, voters must complete, sign and seal their voted ballots, taking care to provide the required information, including proper identification. Voted ballots must be postmarked the day before Election Day and received no later than 10 days after the election (November 15, 2013). Absentee ballots may also be delivered in person to boards of elections no later than the close of the polls on Election Day. They may not be returned at polling locations.
Register to Vote/Update Your Address
The deadline to register to vote for the November 5 General Election is October 7, 2013 (30 days prior to the election). Voter registration forms are available at MyOhioVote.com or from local boards of elections and other designated agencies, such as libraries and BMVs. Should voters have moved since the last election, they should also act now to update their voting address online at MyOhioVote.com.
Check Your Registration
Not sure where to vote or if your voting address is up to date? Voters can easily check their voter registration information, including voting address and polling location, online at MyOhioVote.com. The system is populated with information from county boards of elections. It is important to note that boards may make a last minute change to a person’s polling place that would not be reflected online, but voters would be notified by mail. Questions about information contained in the online system should be directed to the county boards of elections.
Election Day Voting
Polls are open 6:30 am to 7:30 pm on Election Day. Voters choosing to head to the polls must remember to bring the proper form of ID and know their polling place and precinct. Voters can check their polling place and precinct and get other important voting information by visiting MyOhioVote.com.
Get Elections Updates and Ohio’s Virtual Voting Sticker
All voters are encouraged to link with “OhioSOSHusted” on Facebook and Twitter to get elections information and updates throughout the year. Here they can also get a virtual voting sticker badge to let their friends and followers know they’ve participated in the General Election. Facebook users simply need to “like” Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s official Facebook page to “wear” a virtual sticker on their wall. Twitter users may share their voting badge by visiting the Secretary of State’s website.
For more information, please contact Matt McClellan at (614) 995-2239.