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Election Advisory From Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted


Election Day is this Tuesday; voters still have many opportunities to cast ballots.

COLUMBUS – As Ohioans prepare to go to the polls for the August 5th Special Election, Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded voters that there are still many opportunities to cast a ballot.

Election Ballot Issues
In total, 14 counties have 16 issues on the ballot in the August Special Election. 

In-Person Absentee Voting
In-person absentee voting began July 8th, 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. Voters will be able to cast in-person absentee ballots between now and Election Day on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Absentee Voting by Mail
Voters who have requested a mail-in absentee ballot must complete, sign and seal their voted ballots, taking care to provide the required information, including proper identification. Ballots must be postmarked the day before Election Day and received no later than the 10th day after the election (August 15th). 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.

Boards began mailing out absentee ballots on July 8th to those who had requested them. Any voter who has submitted an absentee ballot requests form and not received one yet should contact their county 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 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

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.

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.  

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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