FAQ: How to vote in Ohio's all-absentee 2020 primary

Posted at 4:37 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 18:54:37-04

With the passage of a statewide coronavirus relief bill, Ohio’s state legislature set a new date for the postponed 2020 primary election: April 28.

Because of the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the primary will not involve any in-person voting — everyone who wants their voice heard will have to mail in a ballot by the election date.

How do I know if I’m eligible to vote?

You can check your voter information on the secretary of state’s website.

How do I get a mail-in ballot?

By printing and filling out an absentee ballot request form (available online in English and Spanish), then mailing it to your county board of elections.

The request has to be put in by Saturday at noon, and the ballot has to be postmarked by next Monday, April 27. You can also drop-off your ballot in person by 7:30 a.m. next Tuesday, April 28.

I don’t have a printer. What now?

Don’t worry! You can still get a ballot. Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said Ohioans can call their local board of elections and request a ballot over the phone.

Although government offices are closed to walk-in visitors to minimize the risk of COVID-19, most continue to perform essential services.

I already voted. Do I have to vote again?

No. Votes that were placed ahead of the original March 17 primary will still be counted.

How did the primary get postponed in the first place? Wasn't it supposed to be rescheduled for June 2?

It's a long story.