By Frank Lewis
We all need a reminder of important things now and then. That’s why Julia Gearheart, director of the Scioto County Board of Elections, is reminding residents that early voting is going on right now.
“We are observing voting hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday,” Gearheart said. “And we will be open Saturday, May 3, 8 a.m. to noon.”
Voters wanting to cast an absentee ballot by mail have until noon that day to request an absentee ballot by contacting the Board of Elections for more information, or by downloading an absentee ballot request form at MyOhioVote.com.
Gearheart said the turnout so far has been rather slow, but pretty much the same as other similar primary elections.
“We have over 300 total,” Gearheart said on Tuesday morning. “That’s mail-out and in-office. That’s no mad rush, but pretty average for this kind of election.”
Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Tuesday that in the first week of early voting in 2014 Primary Election, county boards of elections reported that 6,274 Ohioans have already voted absentee and 61,508 ballots have been requested. Absentee voting for military and overseas voters began on Saturday, March 22, and on Tuesday, April 1, for all other voters. On that date boards began mailing out absentee ballots to those who had requested them. 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 the 10th day after the election, which would be May 16, 2014. 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.
Voters wanting to cast an absentee ballot by mail have until Saturday, May 3rd at noon to request an absentee ballot by contacting their county board of elections for more information, or by downloading an absentee ballot request form at MyOhioVote.com.
Polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on election day. Voters choosing to head to the polls on election day need to remember to bring the proper form of ID and know their polling place and precinct. Voters can check their polling place and precinct and get other important voting information by visiting www.MyOhioVote.com.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.