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Election Advisory from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Columbus – Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that Ohioans participating in the August 6, 2013 Special Election may vote absentee starting tomorrow.

Election Ballot Issues
On August 6th voters in 23 counties will decide 29 local issues, including 19 school issues and a handful of local tax levies, bond issues and charter amendments. A complete list of local issues appearing on the ballot is available here and at MyOhioVote.com.

In-Person Absentee Voting
In-person absentee voting begins July 2, 2013, or 35 days before the election. For specific information including times and locations, contact your board of elections.

Absentee Voting by Mail
Boards of elections will also mail out absentee ballots, beginning tomorrow, to voters who have already requested them. All other voters have until Saturday, August 3rd 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 MyOhioVote.com.

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 (August 16, 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.

Check Your Registration
Not sure where to vote or if your voting address is up to date? Voters can now easily check their voter registration information, including voting address and polling location, online at MyOhioVote.com. The new online service, which previously had to be done using two separate online tools, is part of an ongoing effort by Secretary to enhance the service available at MyOhioVote.com. The system is populated with information from county boards of elections. It is important to note that boards may make a last minute change to a person’s polling place that would not be reflected online, but voters would be notified by mail. Questions about information contained in the online system should be directed to the county boards of elections.

Register to Vote/Update Your Address
The deadline to register to vote in the August 6, 2013 Special Election is Monday, July 8, 2013 (30 days prior to the election). Voter registration forms are available at MyOhioVote.com or from local boards of elections and other designated agencies, such as libraries and BMVs.

Should voters have moved since the last election, they should also act now to update their voting address online at MyOhioVote.com. This should also be done by July 8th to ensure they can vote with ease on Election Day.

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. Voters can check their polling place and precinct and get other important voting information by visiting MyOhioVote.com.

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