COLUMBUS– Recognizing the importance of having an engaged
and educated electorate, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today
reminded voters that absentee voting begins tomorrow for the November 3,
2015 General Election. Over the course of the next four weeks, voters
will be able to vote from home by mail 24/7 and have more than 200
hours to vote early in person.
Secretary Husted today also
announced the launch of an online resource for the three statewide
issues appearing on the November ballot. Accessible via MyOhioVote.com and here,
voters can view an educational video, ballot language, explanations
and arguments for and against each issue. This webpage also provides
easy access to websites for proponents and opponents of each issue if
“The state issues voters are being asked to consider
in this election will have a dramatic and lasting impact on Ohio’s
Constitution if passed,” Secretary Husted said. “It is very important
that every voter know exactly what they are voting on and how it will
change our state.”
In addition to the three statewide issues on
the ballot this November, voters will also decide 1736 local issues,
including levies for police and fire services as well as school
funding, will appear on ballots across Ohio. A comprehensive list of
local questions can be downloaded here.
In-Person Absentee Voting
Secretary Husted has established uniform hours for in-person absentee voting. Directive 2015-17
ensures all voters have fair and equal access to the ballot during the
2015 General Election and can vote over the course of four weeks,
including the Saturday and a Sunday before Election Day.
Absentee Voting by Mail
Boards will begin mailing absentee ballots at the start of the early
voting period to those who have requested them. 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 the
10th day after the election (November 13, 2014). 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
Voters have until Saturday, October 31st at noon to
request an absentee ballot by mail, though they should do it as soon as
possible to allow for plenty of time to receive, complete and return
their ballot. In addition to the statewide mailing, voters can also get
an absentee ballot by contacting their county board of elections for more information, or by downloading an absentee ballot request form at MyOhioVote.com.
Military & Overseas Voting
Ballots for military and overseas voters became available on
September 19th. Military voters who have not yet registered to vote or
submitted a request for an absentee ballot may still do so by visiting OhioMilitaryVotes.com or OhioVoterPassport.com
for overseas voters. 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.
All voters can also contact their county board of elections directly for more information.
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. There they can also get a virtual voting sticker badge to
let their friends and followers know they’ve participated in the
General 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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