Secretary Husted outlines key dates and deadlines for upcoming November 6 General Election.
Voters have several options for casting a ballot, must follow rules established by state law to ensure ballots are eligible to be counted.
COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded voters that the November 6 General Election is one week away, and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is Saturday, November 3, at noon. The full, detailed and interactive 2018 elections calendar is available on the Secretary of State’s website.
In November, voters will decide a statewide ballot initiative, as well as races for both state and federal offices. There will also be 1,661 local issues and a number of local races, which voters can obtain additional information on by contacting their county board of elections.
Absentee Voting by Mail and In-Person
Under state law, voters have until noon on Saturday, November 3, to request an absentee ballot by mail from their county board of elections. Completed absentee ballots may be returned by mail or in person. If returning an absentee ballot by mail, it must be postmarked by Monday, November 5, and arrive at the board of elections’ office within 10 days of Election Day in order to be eligible to be counted. If returning an absentee ballot in person, it must be dropped off at the county board of elections by the close of polls on Election Day. Voters may not return their absentee ballot at a polling location. A completed ballot may be returned by a family member. For more information on absentee voting, visit MyOhioVote.com.
Secretary Husted has established uniform hours for in-person absentee voting to ensure voters have fair and equal access to the ballot during the General Election. In-person absentee voting is being held at the county boards of elections from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. through Friday, November 2; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3; 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 4; and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5.
Military & Overseas Voting
Military voters who have not yet requested an absentee ballot may do so by visiting OhioMilitaryVotes.com, while overseas voters can visit OhioVoterPassport.com. There they can download the Federal Post Card Application, 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.
Says Voter Toolkit on the top half and underneath says What would you like to do Bottom half has 4 boxes. Box1 says Track Your Ballot Box 2 says Find Your Polling Location Box 3 says View Your Sample Ballot and Box 4 says Check Your Voter Registration
The online Voter Toolkit is a one-stop location for all necessary voting information. Ohio voters can visit MyOhioVote.com/VoterToolkit to check their voter registration status, find their polling location, view their sample ballot, and track their absentee ballot.
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. Here 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.