PDT Staff Writer
The Scioto County Board of Elections reminds area voters of hours for absentee voting and deadline for registering to vote in the November election. In-person voting began Tuesday and Scioto County Board of Elections Director Julia Gearheart said the Board of Elections office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We’ll be open Nov. 2, from 8:30 a.m. until noon,” Gearheart said. “That is the last day of absentee voting.”
Gearheart said Oct. 7 is the last day to register to vote.
Secretary of State Jon Husted said Boards of Elections are also mailing out absentee ballots to voters who have already requested them. Voters also have until noon on Nov. 2 to request an absentee ballot by mail, and they may do so by contacting the Board of Elections for more information, or by downloading an absentee ballot request form at MyOhioVoter.com.
To cast an absentee ballot by mail, voters must complete, sign and seal their voted ballots, taking care to provide the required information, including proper identification. Voted ballots must be postmarked the day before election day and received no later than 10 days after the election (Nov. 15, 2013). Absentee ballots may also be delivered in person to boards of elections no later than the close of the polls on Election Day. They may not be returned at polling locations.
Husted said the deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 5 General Election is Oct. 7, 2013 (30 days prior to the election). Voter registration forms are available at MyOhioVote.com or from local boards of elections and other designated agencies, such as libraries and BMVs. Should voters have moved since the last election, they should also act now to update their voting address online at MyOhioVote.com.
If you’re not sure where to vote or if your voting address is up to date, you can easily check your voter registration information, including voting address and polling location, online again at MyOhioVote.com. The system is populated with information from county boards of elections. It is important to note that boards may make a last minute change to a person’s polling place that would not be reflected online, but voters would be notified by mail. Questions about information contained in the online system should be directed to the county boards of elections.
On election day the polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters choosing to head to the polls must remember to bring the proper form of identification, and know their polling place and precinct. Voters can check their polling place and precinct and get other important voting information by visiting MyOhioVote.com.
All voters are encouraged to link with “OhioSOSHusted” on Facebook and Twitter to get elections information and updates throughout the year. Here voters 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.
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