FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 5, 2015
Election Advisory: Absentee Voting Starts Tomorrow
Secretary Husted launches online resource for statewide ballot issues.
COLUMBUS – Recognizing the importance of having an engaged and educated electorate, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded voters that absentee voting begins tomorrow for the November 3, 2015 General Election. Over the course of the next four weeks, voters will be able to vote from home by mail 24/7 and have more than 200 hours to vote early in person.
Secretary Husted today also announced the launch of an online resource for the three statewide issues appearing on the November ballot.
“The state issues voters are being asked to consider in this election will have a dramatic and lasting impact on Ohio’s Constitution if passed,” Secretary Husted said. “It is very important that every voter know exactly what they are voting on and how it will change our state.”
In addition to the three statewide issues on the ballot this November, voters will also decide 1736 local issues, including levies for police and fire services as well as school funding, will appear on ballots across Ohio.
In-Person Absentee Voting
Secretary Husted has established uniform hours for in-person absentee voting. Directive 2015-17 ensures all voters have fair and equal access to the ballot during the 2015 General Election and can vote over the course of four weeks, including the Saturday and a Sunday before Election Day.
Absentee Voting by Mail
Boards will begin mailing 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 13, 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.
Voters have until Saturday, October 31st at noon to request an absentee ballot by mail, though they should do it as soon as possible to allow for plenty of time to receive, complete and return their ballot. In addition to the statewide mailing, voters can also 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
Ballots for military and overseas voters became available on September 19th. Military voters who have not yet registered to vote or submitted a request for an absentee ballot may still do so by visiting OhioMilitaryVotes.com or OhioVoterPassport.com for overseas voters. There they can download the Federal Post Card Application, register to vote and request an absentee ballot, read through frequently asked questions, track the status of their mailed ballot and sign up for election reminders via email and social media. All voters can also contact their county board of elections directly for more information.
Get Election Updates and Ohio’s Virtual Voting Sticker
All voters are encouraged to connect with “OhioSOSHusted” on Facebook and Twitter to get election information and updates throughout the year. There they can also get a virtual voting sticker badge to let their friends and followers know they’ve participated in the General Election.
For more information, please contact Matt McClellan at (614) 995-2168.