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With the advent of COVID-19, it's hard to predict what voting will look like for the November 3, 2020 election. One day before the March 17, primary election in 2020, in-person voting was canceled and those who had not voted early and were waiting for Election Day voting were required to vote by absentee ballot and given until April 28, 2020 to return their ballot.
Voter turnout was low throughout the state, even where there were contested primary races. Ohio has 7,774,767 registered voters. Seven days before the extended primary election date the Ohio Secretary of State announced that 1,667,883 Ohioans had requested absentee ballots for the Ohio primary election, but of those, only 975,158 voters had returned or cast their ballots.
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The Secretary of State has asked the Ohio legislature to permit voters to request absentee ballots online, but the legislature has not changed the law to permit that, so . . .
YOU can still request an absentee ballot the old-fashioned way--by mail. Download the form to request a ballot (in Spanish here). If you have questions about your voter registration, you can look up your own voter registration information. To change your voter registration online click here. To fill out an online form to register to vote, click here.
You must register or update your voter registration no later than 30 days before an election. Upcoming voter registration deadline for the November 3, 2020 general election is October 5, 2020. If you register or update your information after the deadline, the change will apply for the next election.
WANT TO MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS IN NOVEMBER? DO THIS NOW:
BY REQUESTING YOUR BALLOT NOW, IT WILL BE MAILED TO YOU IN THE FIRST WAVE OF REGULAR ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED BY THE BOARD 29 DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION. YOU CAN TRACK THE STATUS OF YOUR REQUESTED BALLOT THROUGH YOUR COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS' WEBSITE AND MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
Do you want to help us organize for greater voter participation? Contact us, and we'll sign you up. There are a variety of activities you can do, especially from home.
Here is more information from the Secretary of State's website on tracking your absentee ballot through your county board of elections website:
- Through each board of elections website, absentee voters in the county must be permitted to identify the status of their absentee ballot from the date of application to the date the ballot was accepted for counting. Specifically, each board website must provide the voter with the following information:
- The date the voter’s absentee application was approved;
- The date the voter’s approved absentee application was processed by the board of elections (i.e., the date the board of elections mailed the ballot or otherwise issued it);
- The date the voter’s voted absentee ballot was received by the board of elections; and
- The date the voter’s voted absentee ballot was accepted for counting (or, if not accepted for counting, the reason it was determined to be ineligible for counting and the deadline by which the voter may correct any deficiency).
- This search functionality must be available to voters beginning at least the 46th day before an election through the 35th day after that same election.