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Election Advisory from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Secretary of State Jon Husted is reminding all Ohioans planning to participate in the March 6 Presidential Primary Election of some key upcoming dates and deadlines.

Absentee Voting by Mail
Starting tomorrow – January 31, 2012 - Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections will begin mailing absentee ballots to voters who have already requested to vote by mail in the March 6 Primary Election.

Those who haven’t yet requested an absentee ballot may submit their requests in writing to their county board of elections no later than noon on March 3, 2012. *Note an absentee ballot request form, which can easily be downloaded and mailed in to county boards of elections is available on the Secretary of State’s voter information website:

In-Person Absentee Voting
The in-person absentee voting period also begins on January 31, 2012, and runs through 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2012. Locations and regular business hours for in-person absentee voting vary from county to county and voters are encouraged to check with their county boards of elections for more specific details.

Voter Registration Deadline
The deadline to register to vote for the March 6 Primary Election is February 6, 2012. It is important to note that the voter registration form also serves as the change of name or address form and all Ohio voters who have moved or changed their name since the last election, should update their registrations by February 6, so that boards of elections have time to update the voter rolls before Election Day. This helps to ensure these voters can vote a regular ballot, rather than a provisional ballot.*Note: Ohio’s voter registration/change of name & address form is available for download at

Voting Information & Resources
To register to vote, update voting information, request an absentee ballot, find contact information for Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections or to obtain more general information about the March 6 Primary Election and how to participate, all Ohioans are encouraged to visit

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