Ohioans have until April 28th to Cast their Ballots in the March 17th Primary Election

Butler County Connect Staff Report

Governor Mike DeWine postponed the March 17th in-person voting. File photo credit E. Todd Fowler.
After Governor Dewine canceled the in-person voting scheduled for March 17th due to a public health threat, the Ohio Legislature crafted a new law that changes the deadline that Ohioans have to cast their ballots in the March 17th primary. The new deadline is April 28th.  Governor DeWine and Secretary of State LaRose originally wanted to extend the voting deadline until June 2nd, 2020, but the Ohio Legislature had other ideas.
On March 25, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose stated, “Today my friends in the legislature did the right thing by extending deadlines and postponing requirements on everything from taxes to school testing, so it’s disappointing that they’ve instead chosen to significantly reduce the time provided for Ohio to bring this primary to a close. The proposal that Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted and I laid out was preferable, and unlike the plan enacted today, our proposal would have concluded the election by putting a ballot request directly in the hands of every voter along with a postage-paid return envelope. Though I advocated for a different plan, the legislature has spoken, and I will uphold my oath of office by doing everything in my power over the next 34 days to ensure that every Ohio voter has the opportunity to safely make their voice heard.”

Here is What You Need to Know

  1. Ohio extended absentee voting through April 28th.  Ballots must be received by 7:30 p.m. on April 28, 2020, or postmarked on or before April 27 and received by May 8 to count.
  2. The Ohio Secretary of State must design, print and mail approximately 7.8 million informational postcards to every registered Ohioan that explains to them how to obtain the form necessary to request an absentee ballot. Based on preliminary estimates from prospective vendors, it is expected that these postcards will reach registered voters in the second week of April.
  3. Voters who want to cast a ballot must then either print out an absentee ballot request form themselves or call their county board of elections and ask for one to be sent to them. To request a ballot, complete the information at the link. https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/absentee-ballot/
  4. All votes cast during the early voting period for the March 17th, 2020 will be counted.