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Election Advisory from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced early voting for the August Special Election for all non-military and overseas voters begins Tuesday, July 3, 2012, and reminded Ohioans the deadline to register to vote is Monday, July 9, 2012.

Local Issue - Updated
Voters in 35 Ohio counties will weigh in on 60 local issues, ranging from school and local levies to charter amendments. The numbers have been updated to reflect the that two Trumbull County issues were withdrawn.

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.

Absentee Voting by Mail
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: 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.

Voter Registration Deadline
Ohioans looking to participate in the August Special Election need to make sure they are registered and that their personal information, such as their address and name, are up to date. Voters have until Monday, July 9, 2012, to register and update their personal information. Voter registration forms are available online at

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

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

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

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