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Election Day is Tuesday: What You Need to Know

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded voters that there is still time to vote in the August 7 Special Election and Special 12th Congressional District General 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 July 10.

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 TOMORROW, 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 today, August 3, until 7:00pm; 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.

Voting on Election Day
The polls in counties holding a special election will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m on Tuesday. Voters can find their polling location, check their registration and view a sample ballot by going to

Voters planning to cast their ballot in-person on Election Day should remember to bring proper identification. A list of acceptable forms of I.D. can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

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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