Voting for the Ohio primary election has been extended through April 28 and will be conducted through mailed-in absentee ballots.
On Wednesday, the Ohio legislature approved a process that will continue the voting process following a postponement of the March 17 primary due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was approved as part of a larger bill addressing several other topics related to the COVID-19 response. Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to sign the bill in short order.
Ohioans who already cast primary ballots are good to go and will have their votes counted. Those who did not vote early will now have the next month to cast absentee ballots through mail.
BREAKING: The Ohio General Assembly has enacted a plan to extend voting by mail in Ohio’s March 17 primary through April 28. Get your absentee ballot request form at https://t.co/TI8p9denz4 and mail it in today! pic.twitter.com/BLEfipm9GD
— Frank LaRose (@FrankLaRose) March 25, 2020
Here is what you need to know about voting:
- Ohioans will have to request an absentee ballot from their respective counties’ boards of elections office.
- The request form is available online. Voters can print and fill it out, then send it to their elections office. Or they can request the application form be mailed to them to be mailed back.
- Once Ohioans are approved as an absentee voter, they will receive their blank ballot in the mail.
- The filled-out ballot can be mailed back or dropped off to their board of elections office. It must be postmarked or dropped off by April 28 to count.
- You can find contact and mailing information for the 88 county boards of elections offices here.
Only voters who were eligible to vote on March 17 may cast an absentee ballot.
Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.