Early voting begins Tuesday

Early voting in the 2014 primary election begins Tuesday.

Ohioans will vote on primary races between a number of statewide and local candidates, and will also decide on a statewide ballot issue and more than 600 local issues.

State Issue 1, if approved, would allow Ohio to issue bonds to fund infrastructure improvements.

Information about State Issue 1, along with other ballot issues, is available online at the secretary of state’s website, www.OhioSecretaryofState.gov.

Voters who want to cast an absentee ballot by mail have until noon May 3 to request an absentee ballot.

Contact the county board of elections for more information, or download an absentee ballot request at MyOhioVote.com.

Beginning Tuesday, elections boards will mail out absentee ballots to those who have requested them.

Voters must complete, sign and seal their ballots, taking care to provide the required information, including proper identification.

Voted ballots must be postmarked by the day before Election Day, and received no later than the 10th day after the election, or May 16.

In-person absentee voting begins Tuesday, or 35 days before the election.

Early voting hours will be uniform throughout the state. County elections boards will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through May 2.

The boards will stay open until 9 p.m. on April 7, and early voting will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon on May 3, the final Saturday before the election.

April 7 is the deadline for new voters to register to vote in the primary election.

Voter registration forms are available at MyOhioVote.com, at county elections boards, and at other agencies like the public library or the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Voters who have moved since the last election should update their voting address by the deadline.

Voters can check their registration information, including address and polling location, at MyOhioVote.com.



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