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Election Advisory from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Columbus – Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded voters that the May 7th Primary Election is one week away and that there is still time to vote absentee.

Absentee Voting by Mail
Voters have until Saturday, May 4th, at noon to request an absentee ballot by mail and they may do so by contacting their county board of elections for more information, or by downloading an absentee ballot request form at

To cast an absentee ballot by mail, 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 10 days after the election (May 17, 2013). 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 began April 2, 2013, or 35 days before the election. For specific information including times and locations, contact your board of elections.

Election Day Voting
Polls are open 6:30 am to 7:30 pm on Election Day. Voters choosing to head to the polls must remember to bring the proper form of ID and know their polling place and precinct.

Polling Location
Voters can check their polling place and precinct and get other important voting information by visiting

Election Ballot Issues Updated
On May 7th voters in 74 counties will decide several local races and 351 local issues, including 138 school issues and a number of local tax levies, bond issues and charter amendments. A complete list of local issues appearing on the ballot is available here and at

It is worth noting that the number of issues appearing on the ballot next Tuesday has changed. Since issuing that last election advisory on April 5th, three school levies have been removed from the ballot – two in Montgomery County and one in Medina County.

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 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

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