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Election Day is One Week Away

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded voters the August 7 Special Election and Special 12th Congressional District General Election is one week away, and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is Saturday, August 4 at noon.

In August, voters will weigh in on a total of four local issues across nine counties. Additionally, voters in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District will elect a new representative to complete the remainder of the United States House of Representatives term concluding at the end of 2018. The 12th Congressional District is composed of Delaware, Franklin, Licking, Marion, Morrow, Muskingum, and Richland Counties. A congressional district map can be found online.

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

Absentee Voting by Mail and In-Person
All Ohio voters wanting to vote by mail in areas holding a special election must request an absentee ballot by Saturday, August 4 at noon. Voters wishing to return a ballot in-person to the appropriate county board of election must do so by 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7. Voters mailing absentee ballots must have their ballot postmarked by August 6 in order to be eligible for counting. Voters who choose to return their absentee ballot close to the deadline should consider delivering it to the board of elections to ensure it is received in time. For more information on absentee voting, visit

Secretary Husted has established uniform hours for in-person absentee voting to ensure voters have fair and equal access to the ballot during the August 7 Election. In-person absentee voting is being held at the appropriate county boards of elections from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. through Friday, August 3; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 4; 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 5; and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 6.

Military & Overseas Voting
Military voters who have not yet registered to vote or 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, 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
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 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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