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What you need to know about voting early in person or by absentee in Ohio


Since October 2nd, every weekday in Ohio has been an election day. Folks have been voting early in person and by mail in the thousands, and voters in Ohio have supported President Obama out of the gate.

Ohioans still have over two weeks of early voting left, and it’s important to figure out whether you’d prefer vote early in person or by mail.

If you’re voting early by mail, there are some important things to consider:

  • Most registered voters received absentee ballot request forms in the mail from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office—these are not ballots. Fill out this form to request a vote-by-mail ballot.
  • If you request a ballot, and then try to vote in person, you will have to vote by provisional ballot.
  • If you haven’t received a vote by mail request form, you can request one until November 3rd by clicking here. Request your ballot as soon as possible! Vote by mail ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 5th and must have adequate postage. Be sure to check the postage—most ballots require at least two stamps.

If you’re voting in person, it’s as simple as finding your early vote locations, figuring out what time you’d like to vote, bringing your correct form of identification and casting your ballot. Visit for all the information you need.

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