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Election Day is One Week Away

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded voters the May 8 Primary Election is one week away, and the deadline to request a mailed absentee ballot is Saturday, May 5 at noon.
This month, voters will weigh-in on a statewide ballot issue, a number of state and local races, as well as a total of 479 local issues across 83 counties. You can view the list of candidates for statewide, congressional, state legislative, and court of appeals offices online at Information on local contests is available by contacting the county board of elections.
Information on the statewide ballot initiative can be accessed on the Secretary of State’s website.

The full, detailed and interactive 2018 elections calendar is available online.
Absentee Voting by Mail and In-Person
All Ohio voters wanting to cast an absentee ballot by mail must request one by Saturday, May 5 at noon and return it to the appropriate county board of elections’ office by 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8. Absentee ballots postmarked by May 7 will also be counted, but voters who choose to return their absentee ballot close to the deadline should consider delivering it to their county board of elections’ office to ensure it is counted. For more information on absentee voting, 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 8 Primary Election. Ohio voters can vote over the course of four weeks, including the weekend before Election Day.

Military & Overseas Voting
Military voters who are already registered to vote, but have not submitted a request for an absentee ballot may still do so by visiting, while overseas voters can visit There they can download the Federal Post Card Application 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
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 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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