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Secretary Husted: Ballots for Military & Overseas Voters Available

2016 Special Election Advisory

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Joshua Eck
(614) 466-2729

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced voting for military and overseas voters has begun for the upcoming August 2nd Special Election.

Special Elections are held in February and August of every year except during Presidential Election years when Special Elections are only held in August. Local issues will be decided on the August 2nd Special Election ballot in Auglaize, Butler, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Darke, Delaware, Erie, Fairfield, Franklin, Fulton, Geauga, Hamilton, Licking, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Mercer, Montgomery, Ottawa, Portage, Sandusky, Shelby, Stark, Trumbull and Summit Counties. A complete list of issues is available here.

A full, detailed and interactive election calendar for the Special Election is available here.

Military voters who have not yet registered to vote or submitted a request for an absentee ballot may still do so by visiting Overseas voters can visit 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.

Absentee Voting by Mail and In-Person
All eligible voters may begin voting on July 6, 2016 (first day after the close of registration) via in-person and by mail-in absentee ballot. For more information, visit

Register to Vote/Update Your Address
The deadline to register to vote in the Special Election is July 5, 2016 (30 days before the election). Voter registration forms are available at Voters who need to update their address also have until July 5th and can do so using the paper registration form or through the Online Change of Address System available at

Voter Toolkit

Voter Toolkit
The online Voter Toolkit is a one-stop location for all necessary voting information. Ohio voters can visit to check their voter registration status, find their polling location, view their sample ballot and track their absentee ballot. 

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.  Here they can also get a virtual voting sticker badge to let their friends and followers know they’ve participated in the General Election. Facebook users simply need to “like” Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s official Facebook page to “wear” a virtual sticker on their wall. Twitter users may share their voting badge by visiting the Secretary of State’s website

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