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Election Advisory from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that while statewide preparations are well underway for the 2012 General Election in November, voters in 36 Ohio counties will be heading to the polls on August 7 to weigh in on 62 local issues.  Military and overseas voting for the August Special Election will begin this Saturday, June 23, 2012.

Special Election Ballot Issues
Information regarding the 62 local issues, including school and local tax levies, bond issues and charter amendments are available on the Secretary of State’s website.

Military & Overseas Voting
County Boards of Elections with local issues to administer will begin mailing absentee ballots to registered military and overseas voters who have requested a ballot on Saturday, June 23rd, 45 days ahead of the election. Military and overseas voters who have not yet submitted a request for an absentee ballot may visit www.OhioMilitaryVotes.com to download an application and/or contact their county board of elections. Requests must be received by county boards of elections no later than noon on August 4, 2012, but should be sent as soon as possible to allow adequate time for processing, mailing and the return of the voted ballots.

Absentee Voting by Mail (for All Other Voters)
For all other voters who plan to vote by mail in the August Special Election, there’s still time to request an absentee ballot. Absentee ballot requests must be received by county boards of elections no later than noon on August 4, 2012. Request forms can be downloaded from the Secretary of State’s voter information website: www.MyOhioVote.com. Voters should complete all required fields, sign and return applications to their local county board of elections by mail.

Boards will mail out absentee ballots beginning July 3, 2012, to those who have requested them. 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 the 10th day after the election (August 17, 2012). 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.

In-Person Absentee Voting
In-person absentee voting begins July 3, 2012, or 35 days before the election, and runs through 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 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.

Election Day Voting
The polls will be open in those counties with issues on the ballot from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm on Election Day. Voters choosing to head to the polls on Election Day need to 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 www.MyOhioVote.com.

Get Elections Updates and Ohio’s Virtual Voting Sticker
Ohio 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 election, whether they chose to cast their ballots by mail or in person. 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.

Vote in Honor of a Veteran
With Vote in Honor of a Veteran, voters may also demonstrate the pride they feel for a veteran by dedicating their vote to them. By participating in this program Ohioans help raise awareness about the importance of voting and highlight the powerful bond between our veterans and democracy. For more information on how to participate in this program visit www.OhioMilitaryVotes.com

Voting Information & Resources
To request an absentee ballot, find contact information for Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections or obtain more general information about the August 7th Special Election and how to participate, all Ohioans are encouraged to visit www.MyOhioVote.com.

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Sam Rossi
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