FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded voters that absentee voting in the March 15th Presidential Primary Election begins tomorrow, February 17, 2016 for all registered Ohio voters. Additionally, the deadline to register to vote is today, February 16th.
Register to Vote/Update Your Address
The deadline to register to vote in the March 15, 2016 Primary Election is today, February 16th (30 days before the election). Voter registration forms are available at MyOhioVote.com, county board of elections and local libraries. If sent via U.S. mail, registration forms must be postmarked by February 16th to be considered valid. All 88 county boards of elections, including the Secretary of State’s office in downtown Columbus, will extend business hours until 9:00 p.m. today to accept registration forms.
Voters can also check their voter registration status, update their information and utilize the Online Change of Address System at MyOhioVote.com. All Ohioans are encouraged to confirm and update their registration by the end of the day, particularly if a voter has not voted in a long time, changed their name or changed their residence.
Absentee Voting by Mail and In-Person
All Ohio voters may begin voting tomorrow, February 17, 2016 (first day after the close of registration) via in-person and by mail-in absentee ballot. For more information, visit MyOhioVote.com.
Secretary Husted has established uniform hours for in-person absentee voting to ensure all voters have fair and equal access to the ballot during the 2016 Primary Election. Ohio voters can vote over the course of four weeks, including two Saturdays and a Sunday.
What’s on the Ballot
In addition to the Presidential Primary Election, Ohioans will have the opportunity to vote on primary races for U.S. Senate, 17 congressional contests and a number of local candidates as well as decide the outcome of 465 local issues in 82 counties.
The online Voter Toolkit is a one-stop location for all necessary voting information. Ohio voters can visit MyOhioVote.com/VoterToolkit to check their voter registration status, find their polling location, view their sample ballot and track their mailed absentee ballot.
Military & Overseas Voting
Ballots for military and overseas voters became available on January 29th. 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, Twitter and Instagram to get election 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 General Election.
For more information, please contact Joshua Eck at (614) 466-2729