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Election Day is Tuesday: What You Need to Know

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is reminding voters there is still time to vote in the May 8 Primary Election. By the time polls close on Tuesday, Ohio voters will have had four weeks to cast their ballots during the early voting period that began on April 10.
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.

The full, detailed and interactive 2018 elections calendar is available online.

Absentee Voting by Mail and In-Person
The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail for the Primary Election is TOMORROW, Saturday, May 5 at noon. Completed absentee ballots being returned by mail must be postmarked by Monday, May 7 and arrive at their board of elections’ office within 10 days of the election in order to be counted. Voters who have not yet mailed their ballot are encouraged to drop it off in-person at their county board of elections’ office prior to the polls closing at 7:30pm on May 8. A completed ballot may also be returned by a family member.

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.

Voting on Election Day
Polls will be open on Tuesday from 6:30am until 7:30pm. Voters can find their polling location, check their registration and view a sample ballot by going to

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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