NewsGovernmentElections Local


Haven't mailed in your Ohio primary ballot yet? Here's how you can get your vote counted

Postmark deadline was Monday, April 27
Absentee Application Form Hamilton County
Posted at 6:49 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 08:58:05-04

The deadline was Monday for Ohio voters to postmark their ballots in the state's protracted primary election, but those who did not meet that deadline have another option.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered the March 17 Ohio primary postponed due to the spread of the new coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. In order to observe social distancing guidelines, all votes not cast in advance would be cast as absentee ballots, mailed into local boards of elections.

Hamilton County Board of Election Director Sherry Poland said the rate at which voters have returned their absentee ballots is in step with previous election years' absentee voters.

"The weekend before Election Day, we usually have about 70% of the ballots returned, and that's where we're at now," Poland told WCPO over the weekend.

Voters who did not mail their ballots by the postmark deadline still can hand-deliver their ballots to their local board of elections office by 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The state previously granted some groups of people the chance to vote in person: voters with disabilities, voters living in homelessness and voters who did not receive their ballots in the mail in time to fill it out and return by mail.

Here are the addresses to southwest Ohio counties' boards of elections offices: