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Election Advisory From Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted


One week until Election Day for August 5th Special Election, voters still have many opportunities to cast ballots.

COLUMBUS As Ohioans prepare to decide several local issues on the ballot for the 2014 August Special Election, Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded voters that Election Day is next Tuesday, August 5, and there is one week left to cast an absentee ballot.

Election Ballot Issues
In total, 14 counties have 16 issues on the ballot in the August Special Election. Information on these local issues, which include school and local tax levies, is available online here.

Absentee Voting by Mail
The deadline for voters to request an absentee ballot by mail is this Saturday, August 2, at noon. A person can request a mail-in absentee ballot application by contacting their county board of elections for more information, or by downloading the form at

Boards began mailing out absentee ballots on July 8 to those who had 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 (August 15). 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 July 8, the day after the close of registration. To ensure Ohio voters have the same amount of time to vote in person early, Secretary Husted issued Directive 2014-17, establishing uniform hours statewide so every voter has fair and equal access to the ballot during all future elections. Voting will also be available the final weekend prior to Election Day in counties conducting special elections.

Check Your Registration
Not sure where to vote? Voters can easily check their voter registration information, including voting address and polling location, online at 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. 

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 in this program visit


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