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Deadline to register to vote is Monday; Voters will have four weeks to cast ballots.
More than 582,000 absentee ballots have already been requested.
COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded Ohioans that they have until Monday, October 6th, to get registered to vote or update their voting information, and that absentee voting begins the following day on Tuesday, October 7th, for the 2014 General Election.
Secretary Husted also noted that 582,971 Ohio voters have already requested an absentee ballot for the upcoming election. More than six million absentee ballot applications were mailed to voters statewide by Secretary Husted around Labor Day. A second, supplemental mailing is scheduled for early October to include those individuals who have registered to vote or updated their voting information since August 1st.
What’s on the Ballot
In the 2014 General Election, Ohioans will vote for candidates for a number of statewide and local offices including Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Auditor, Ohio Supreme Court, Congress, General Assembly, State Board of Education, Court of Appeals and county offices. A list of statewide candidates is available here. For a list of all other candidates running, contact the county boards of elections.
In addition to candidates appearing on the ballot, voters will decide the outcome of 1,674 local issues, including school and local tax levies, bond issues and charter amendments. A complete list of local issues is available online here.
It is worth noting that recently four local issues were withdrawn and four local issues were added to the ballot. Issues withdrawn include a children services renewal tax levy and a Troy East liquor option in Athens County, a Madison Township fire protection levy in Marion County, and an Eastwood Local School District bond issue in Wood County. Issues added to the ballot include a tax levy for Gibsonburg School District and two tax levies for Helena Village in Sandusky County, as well as a Maple Heights charter amendment in Cuyahoga County.
Register to Vote/Update Your Address
The deadline to register to vote for the November 4th General Election is October 6, 2014 (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.
Check Your Registration
Not sure where to vote or if your voting address is up to date? Voters can easily check their voter registration information, including voting address and polling location, online 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.
In-Person Absentee Voting
Following yesterday’s court ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, Secretary Husted issued Directive 2014-30, establishing uniform hours for in-person absentee voting. The directive ensures all voters have fair and equal access to the ballot during the 2014 elections and can vote over the course of four weeks, including two Saturdays and a Sunday.
Absentee Voting by Mail
Boards will mail out absentee ballots at the start of the early voting period to those who have 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 (November 14, 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.
Those who have not yet requested their absentee ballots have until Saturday, November 1st at noon to request one by mail, though they should do it as soon as possible to allow for plenty of time to receive, complete and return their ballot. Voters can get an absentee ballot by contacting their county board of elections for more information, or by downloading an absentee ballot request form at MyOhioVote.com.
Military & Overseas Voting
County Boards of Elections began mailing absentee ballots to registered military and overseas voters who have requested a ballot on Saturday, September 20th, 45 days ahead of the election. Military and overseas voters who have not yet submitted a request for an absentee ballot may visit OhioMilitaryVotes.com to download an application and/or contact their county board of elections. Requests must be received by county boards of elections no later than noon on November 1, 2014, but should be sent as soon as possible to allow adequate time for processing, mailing and the return of the voted ballots.
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 MyOhioVote.com.
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 OhioMilitaryVotes.com
For more information, please contact Matt McClellan at (614) 995-2168.