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Voter Registration Deadline is Today, Absentee Voting Begins Tomorrow

Secretary Husted outlines key dates and deadlines for upcoming May 2 Primary & Special Election

COLUMBUS– Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded voters that absentee voting in the May 2nd Primary and Special Election begins tomorrow, April 4th, for all registered Ohio voters. Additionally, the deadline to register to vote is today, April 3rd.                   

The full, detailed and interactive 2017 elections calendar is available here

Voters in 74 counties may have a local race or issue on the ballot this May. A full list of the 307 local issues appearing across Ohio is available here. For information on local races, voters should contact their county board of elections.  

Register to Vote/Update Your Address
The deadline to register to vote or update an existing registration ahead of the May 2nd Primary and Special Election is today, April 3rd (30 days before the election). For the first time, Ohio voters may go to in order to register online or update an existing registration. Voter registration forms can also be printed from or obtained from a local library or board of elections office. If sent via U.S. mail, registration forms must be postmarked by April 3rd to be considered valid.  

Absentee Voting by Mail and In-Person
All Ohio voters who have a May Primary and/or a Special Election may begin voting tomorrow, April 4, 2017 (first day after the close of registration) using an in-person or mail-in absentee ballot. For more information, visit   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 May 2nd Primary and Special Election. Ohio voters can vote over the course of four weeks, including the weekend before Election Day.   The full, detailed and interactive 2017 elections calendar is available here and a detailed voting schedule is available here.    

Military & Overseas Voting
Early voting for military and overseas voters is already underway. Military voters who have not yet registered to vote or submitted a request for absentee ballots in 2017 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.    

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 Primary-Special 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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