The state Legislature on Wednesday extended the primary election to April 28, and the Hancock County Board of Elections is now accepting applications for mail-in absentee ballots.

With the elections board office closed on order from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, all voting must be done by absentee ballots. Votes already cast prior to the cancellation of the March 17 primary will be counted, according to the county elections board.

County residents who have not yet voted can call the elections board office at 419-422-3245 to have an absentee application mailed. Applications also can be printed from the elections board website at

Residents can complete the applications and return then via mail to the elections board, 201 E. Lincoln St. rear, Findlay, 45840, or they may be placed in the drop box in the hallway outside the board’s office.

Voters should fill out what party ballot they are requesting or if they want an issues-only ballot. The election date on the absentee applications should be March 17, 2020.

Once the application is accepted by the elections board, which will verify the information on the application, a primary ballot will be mailed to the resident.

In Hancock County, the primary ballot includes contested countywide races for the Republican nominations for county sheriff and one county commissioner’s position.

Countywide tax issue requests include a new levy sought by Hancock County Job and Family Services and levy renewals sought by the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and the Hancock County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

School tax issues include a new levy for Findlay City Schools, an income tax request for Van Buren Local Schools and a levy renewal for Arcadia Schools.

Democrats also can vote for their nomination for president.