Check the mail, Ohio. An application to vote by mail is headed your way

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Check your mailbox, Ohio, because an application to vote via mail is headed your way. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has mailed absentee ballot request forms to nearly 7.6 million registered voters – one week earlier than originally planned. Some Ohioans have already received their applications […]

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Check your mailbox, Ohio, because an application to vote via mail is headed your way.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has mailed absentee ballot request forms to nearly 7.6 million registered voters – one week earlier than originally planned. Some Ohioans have already received their applications in the mail.

Ohio has mailed these ballot requests to registered voters during presidential and gubernatorial elections since 2012. The first wave should hit mailboxes this week. State officials also will send applications to new voters who register through the Oct. 5 deadline in two additional rounds of mailings.

This year, mailing those applications will cost about $1.1 million, which is covered by the federal coronavirus stimulus package.

If you have already requested an absentee ballot, you can disregard the application. At least 400,000 Ohioans had requested ballots as of Aug. 21, according to a Dispatch and Gannett Ohio review.

If you want to vote via mail and haven’t sent in your application yet, you can fill out the form and return it to your county board of elections. You can either mail the application or deliver it to your county board of elections in person.

Be sure to fill out the application carefully, double-checking to ensure you wrote the correct date, included the correct information and signed the form. Include your phone number and/or email in case election officials have a question about your ballot request.

LaRose recommends submitting your ballot request right away, but no later than Oct. 27. Applications must be submitted by noon Oct. 31 under Ohio law but waiting until the last minute isn’t advisable given concerns with the U.S. Postal Services’ delivery times.

Once county election officials receive your absentee ballot request, you can track your ballot online. The actual ballots will be sent to voters starting Oct. 6.

If you’d rather vote in person, you can do so starting Oct. 6 at your county board of elections. Election Day is Nov. 3.

Key dates to remember

• Oct. 5: Deadline to register to vote in Ohio. You can check if you’re registered online.

• Oct. 6: Early voting begins in Ohio. Check the schedule for in-person voting online.

• Oct. 27: Ohio Secretary of State recommends voters return their absentee ballot requests by this date.

• Noon Oct. 31: Legal deadline to request an absentee ballot.

• Nov. 2: Absentee ballots must be postmarked by this date.

• Nov. 3: Election Day. Those who haven’t mailed their absentee ballots already can drop them off at the county board of elections.

• Nov. 13: Any ballot received after this date will not be counted – even if it was postmarked before Election Day.

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