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Election Day is Less than One Week Away

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

COLUMBUS– Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded voters the May 2nd Primary & Special Election is less than one week away and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is Saturday, April 29th at noon.

With 307 local issues appearing across Ohio, voters in 74 counties have a local race or issue on the ballot this May. For information on local races, voters should contact their county board of elections.

Absentee Voting by Mail and In-Person
Ohio voters who have a May Primary and/or a Special Election have until Saturday, April 29th at noon to request an absentee ballot. Completed absentee ballots being returned by mail must be postmarked by May 1st. As the deadline nears, voters are encouraged to considerreturning their absentee ballot in person to the board of elections to ensure it is received in time to be counted. 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.  

For more information, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office offers a full, detailed and interactive 2017 elections calendar, along with a detailed voting schedule.

Military & Overseas Voting
Early voting for military and overseas voters became available on March 18th. Military voters who have not yet 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, 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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