All Ohioans Can Vote Via Absentee Ballot; Request Forms Arriving In Mailboxes

If you can't get to the polls or are worried about COVID-19, this may be your best option.

(Columbus, Oh.) – Every resident in the state of Ohio will have the opportunity to vote by mail in this year’s General Election.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose made the announcement earlier this summer that every Ohio resident would receive a formal request form for an absentee ballot.

Those request forms are already arriving in mailboxes across the state.  

Ohioans who want to vote by absentee ballot must send their request form back to their county board of elections in order to receive an absentee ballot.

Secretary LaRose has recommended voters submit their request right away, but definitely no later than October 27th. Absentee ballots will be sent by the voter’s respective county board of elections beginning October 6th.

“Whether you’re voting on election day, early in-person, or taking advantage of the absentee request form arriving this week in your mailbox, Ohioans should know voting will be safe and secure in Ohio,” said LaRose. “With the convenience of voting from home comes a responsibility – don’t wait to make your voice heard. Get your ballot request form in the mail as soon as you can.

By getting their ballot request forms in early, voters will ease the burden on both county boards of elections staff who are expecting a significant influx of election mail, as well as the postal workers in their community who are working to make sure it’s delivered on time.

Registered voters may also take advantage of early in-person voting when it starts on October 6. Others may prefer to cast their ballot in-person on Tuesday, November 3.

The voter registration deadline in Ohio is October 5.

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