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Secretary Husted: Election Day is Less Than One Week Away

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded voters the August 2nd Special Election is less than one week away and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is Saturday, July 30th at noon.

Special Elections are held in May 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, Logan, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Mercer, Montgomery, Ottawa, Portage, Sandusky, Shelby, Stark, Summit and Trumbull Counties. A complete list of issues is available here.

Polling places in the above counties will be open on Election Day from 6:30am to 7:30pm. Ohio voters can access their sample ballot and polling location at  

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

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

A detailed voting schedule is available here.

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.

Voter Toolkit


Military & Overseas Voting
Ballots for military and overseas voters became available on June 18, 2016. Military voters who have not yet registered to vote or submitted a request for an absentee ballot may still do so by visiting or 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. 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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