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Absentee voting begins in Ohio today; voter registration deadline nearing

Secretary of State Jon Husted reminds us that in-person absentee voting begins today around Ohio. For specific information including times and locations, contact your board of elections.

Absentee Voting by Mail

Boards of elections will also mail out absentee ballots, beginning today, to voters who have already requested them. All other voters have until Saturday, November 2nd at noon to request an absentee ballot by mail and they may do so by contacting their county board of elections for more information, or by downloading an absentee ballot request form at MyOhioVote.com.

To cast an absentee ballot by mail, voters must complete, sign and seal their voted ballots, taking care to provide the required information, including proper identification. Voted ballots must be postmarked the day before Election Day and received no later than 10 days after the election (November 15, 2013). Absentee ballots may also be delivered in person to boards of elections no later than the close of the polls on Election Day. They may not be returned at polling locations.

Register to Vote/Update Your Address

The deadline to register to vote for the November 5th General Election is October 7th. Voter registration forms are available at MyOhioVote.com or from local boards of elections and other designated agencies, such as libraries and BMVs. Should voters have moved since the last election, they should also act now to update their voting address online at MyOhioVote.com.

Check Your Registration

Not sure where to vote or if your voting address is up to date? Voters can easily check their voter registration information, including voting address and polling location, online at MyOhioVote.com. The system is populated with information from county boards of elections. It is important to note that boards may make a last minute change to a person’s polling place that would not be reflected online, but voters would be notified by mail. Questions about information contained in the online system should be directed to the county boards of elections.

Election Day Voting

Polls are open 6:30 am to 7:30 pm on Election Day. Voters choosing to head to the polls must remember to bring the proper form of ID and know their polling place and precinct. Voters can check their polling place and precinct and get other important voting information by visiting MyOhioVote.com.

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