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:
- Hamilton County: 4700 Smith Road, Norwood
- Butler County: 1802 Princeton Road, Suite 600, Hamilton
- Clermont County: 76 S. Riverside Drive, Batavia
- Warren County: 520 Justice Drive, Lebanon
- Adams County: 215 N. Cross St., Room 103, West Union
- Brown County: 800 Mount Orab Pike, Suite 111, Georgetown
- Clinton County: 111 S. Nelson Ave., Suite 4, Wilmington
- Highland County: 1575 N. High St., Suite 200, Hillsboro