On Wednesday, March 25, the Ohio General Assembly passed emergency legislation to address the impact of the coronavirus health crisis. Governor DeWine signed the bill into law on Friday, March 27, allowing it to take effect immediately. Among others, the new legislation extends the window for absentee ballots for the 2020 Ohio primary election through April 28. Registered voters who did not get a chance to vote on March 17 or earlier may still cast a ballot. With very few exceptions, no in-person voting will occur on April 28, but anyone who is registered to vote in Ohio can request an absentee ballot and mail it in. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by April 27.
How to request an absentee ballot:
- Print out a request form (available in both English and Spanish): https://tinyurl.com/qnek4of. If you don’t have a printer, call your county board of elections and ask how to request an absentee ballot. On the form, you will indicate your wish to have a political party ballot or an “issues only” ballot.
- Mail the request form to your county board of elections. Find yours in this county board of elections directory: https://tinyurl.com/yycf8t8s
- When you receive your absentee ballot in the mail, fill it out and mail it back to your county board of elections. (For date of the primary election, write “March 17, 2020,” which is still the official date.)
If you already voted, you need to do nothing else. Your vote will count.