The COVID-19 pandemic has added a layer of complexity to so many parts of our lives, the Primary Election in Ohio included. Just hours before the March 17 Election Day, it was determined that in-person voting posed to great a risk for Ohioans’ safety. What emerged from that decision, was an extension of the Election and a move to predominantly absentee voting.
In less than a week, Ohio’s 2020 Presidential Primary Election will finally conclude on Tuesday, April 28. To date over 172,000+ registered Franklin County voters have either cast a ballot in-person between February 19-March 16, 2020 or have requested that Vote by Mail Ballot be mailed to them.
The Franklin County Board of Elections has been abiding by House Bill 197 and working with the Ohio Secretary of State to administer this postponed all-mail ballot election.
Important Vote-By-Mail Deadlines:
- Deadline for Requesting a Vote-by-Mail Ballot – Noon, Saturday, April 25: The Board will not mail out ballots for any requests received after Noon on Saturday.
- Postmark Deadline for Vote-by-Mail Ballots – Monday, April 27, 2020: Ballots postmarked by April 27 must still be received by May 8.
- Deadline for Hand Delivery of Completed Ballots – 7:30 pm, Tuesday, April 28: Ballots can be dropped off at the Board of Elections, 1700 Morse Road, Columbus.
A voter, who was registered to vote in Ohio as of February 18, 2020, AND has NOT already voted in the 2020 Primary Election, is eligible to vote in-person at the Board of Elections if the voter belongs to one of these two categories:
- The voter has a disability and wishes to cast an absent voter’s ballot using a direct recording electronic voting machine or marking device that is accessible for voters with disabilities, including nonvisual accessibility for the blind and visually impaired, in a manner that provides the same opportunity for access and participation, including privacy and independence, as for other voters; OR
- The voter is unable to receive mail at the place where the voter resides or at another location.
Franklin County voters can track and receive notifications on your mail ballot status by going to //franklincountyvotes.com, where you can sign up to receive notifications via email, SMS (text) or voice.
Full details can be found by clicking here.