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Election Advisory from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Secretary of State Jon Husted is reminding Ohio voters that there is still time to participate in the August Special Election, whether they plan to vote early, by mail or on Election Day. On August 7, 2012, more than 60 local issues will be decided in 35 counties across the state.

Early Voting (In-person Absentee Voting)
Early voting for the August Special Election began July 3, 2012 (35 days before the election), and runs through 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2012. Locations and regular business hours for early 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
Voters who plan to vote by mail in the August Special Election, still have 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. The board will then mail the ballot.

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.

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.

Local Issues
Visit the Secretary of State’s website for more information about what will be on the ballot across Ohio or contact your county board of elections. There are a total of 60 issues, ranging from school and local levies to charter amendments.

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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