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Election Advisory From Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Monday, May 5, 2014

Election Day is tomorrow, still time to drop off absentee ballots at boards of elections.
Nearly 202,000 absentee ballots cast, nearly 254,000 requested for May 6th Primary.

COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted announced today that ahead of Election Day tomorrow for the May 6th Primary, 201,898 Ohioans have already voted absentee and 253,715 ballots have been requested since the start of early voting as reported by county boards of elections. Absentee voting for military and overseas voters began on Saturday, March 22, 2014, and on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, for all other voters.

Voters who have not yet returned absentee ballots can drop off completed ballots at their county board of elections through the close of the polls on Election Day.

What’s on the Ballot
Ohioans will vote on primary races for a number of statewide and local candidates, as well as decide the outcome of a statewide ballot issue and hundreds of local issues.

Absentee Voting by Mail
Voters who have received a mail-in absentee ballot must complete, sign and seal their voted ballots, taking care to provide the required information, including proper identification. Voted ballots must be postmarked TODAY, the day before Election Day, and received no later than the 10th day after the election (May 16, 2014). 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
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

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. 

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, visit

Additional Information
2014 Primary County-by-County Absentee Voting Report (XLSX)


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