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Election Advisory from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Secretary of State Jon Husted is reminding all Ohioans that the deadline to register to vote or update your information for the 2012 Presidential Election is next Tuesday, October 9th.  The Secretary of State’s office and all 88 county boards of elections will be open until 9:00 pm on Tuesday to accept new and updated registrations.

Update Your Address Online
Instead of using the paper form, more than 79,000 Ohio voters have already used Secretary Husted’s new online change of address tool. This new service is available at, and will help voters meet their primary responsibilities of being registered at their current address 30 days prior to the General Election (October 9, 2012) so they can vote a regular ballot rather than a provisional ballot. This service is not only convenient for voters but also reduces the manual data entry at Ohio’s boards of elections, saving time and improving the accuracy of Ohio’s voter rolls.

Election Ballot Issues
Information regarding the 1,217 races and 1,800 issues on the ballot, including school and local tax levies, bond issues and charter amendments are now available online.

In-Person Absentee Voting
In-person absentee voting began October 2, 2012. The hours and times are uniform statewide and are as follows: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm the first three weeks; and 8:00 am to 7:00 pm the last two weeks. All boards of elections are closed on Monday, October 8, 2012 in observance of a state holiday and open until 9:00 pm on October 9 both for voting and to accept last minute registration.

Absentee Voting by Mail
Nearly 6.9 million Ohio voters were, for the first time, sent an absentee ballot application in the mail. Voters should complete all required fields, sign and return applications to their county board of elections.  It must be received by county boards of elections no later than noon on November 3, 2012. Forms can also be downloaded from the Secretary of State’s voter information website: As of last Friday, September 28, over 920,000 vote by mail requests have been received.

Boards began mailing out absentee ballots on October 2, 2012, to those who 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 (November 16, 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.

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.

Election Day Voting
Polls are open 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

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