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Election Advisory from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ohio’s Primary and Special Election is May 5, 2015,
military and overseas voting begins Saturday.

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced today that absentee voting for military and overseas voters begins Saturday, March 21, 2015, for the upcoming Primary and Special Election. On the ballot this election will be numerous local contests including races for mayors, and city councilpersons, as well as local levies and ballot initiatives.

Military & Overseas Voting
County Boards of Elections will begin mailing absentee ballots to registered military and overseas voters who have requested a ballot on Saturday, March 21st, 45 days ahead of the election. Military and overseas voters who have not yet submitted a request for an absentee ballot may visit 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 May 2, 2015, but should be sent as soon as possible to allow adequate time for processing, mailing and the return of the voted ballots.

Absentee Voting by Mail (for All Other Voters)
Boards will mail out absentee ballots at the start of the early voting period, on April 7th, 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 (May 15, 2015). 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.

All other voters have until Saturday, May 2nd 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

In-Person Absentee Voting
Secretary Husted has established uniform in-person voting hours for the whole state. Secretary of State Directive 2014-17 sets hours beginning on April 7th. Voters should contact their county board of elections for more information.

Register to Vote/Update Your Address
The deadline to register to vote for the May 5, 2015 Primary and Special Election is April 6th (30 days prior to the election). Voter registration forms are available at 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

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 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.


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