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Secretary Husted Outlines What Voters Need to Know

in Light of New Election Law Changes

Secretary Husted: “Ohio is one of the easiest places to vote in the nation."

COLUMBUS – With three new election bills taking effect, Secretary of State Jon Husted is focused on ensuring Ohio voters understand how the changes impact them when they go to the polls in all future elections.

“Ohio is one of the easiest states to vote in the nation, with the safeguards in place to also ensure the integrity of our elections. As we implement the new laws passed by the General Assembly we will make sure it stays that way,” Secretary Husted said.

Voting Absentee
In the November General Election, voters will have approximately four weeks to cast a ballot prior to Election Day, whether they choose to vote by mail or in person.

Under Senate Bill 238, absentee voting will begin the day after the close of voter registration, which is October 7th for the November general election. Under a uniform schedule proposed by the bipartisan Ohio Association of Elections Officials, this will give voters nearly a month of early (absentee) voting, including on two Saturdays. This is well above the national average of 19 days and offers Ohioans significantly more opportunity to vote than many surrounding states which do not offer any forms of early voting.

Under Senate Bill 205, lawmakers established new rules governing the mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot applications and gave the Secretary of State the responsibility for ensuring all Ohio voters are treated the same. To ensure uniformity, Secretary Husted will be mailing all voters with a current address an absentee ballot request form shortly after Labor Day using already allocated funding from the federal Help America Vote Act. The Secretary is committed to continuing the practice of mailing absentee ballot requests in even numbered General Elections and will encourage the legislature to fund that effort.

The process will be similar to that administered by Secretary Husted in 2012, which was the first ever statewide absentee ballot application mailing. That year, one out of three voters cast ballots prior to Election Day. Prior to 2012, only certain counties offered this service to voters. Now, no matter where they live, Ohioans can complete their personalized application, mail it back to their board of elections and they will be sent an absentee ballot beginning 28 days before Election Day, giving them four weeks to vote without ever having to leave home.

“With four weeks of voting and the ability to cast a ballot early by mail or in person and on Election Day, all Ohio voters will have the same opportunity to vote no matter where they live,” Secretary Husted said.

Provisional Ballots
Other changes recently implemented by the Ohio General Assembly through Senate Bill 216, deal with the casting of provisional ballots. Among the provisions included in the law, county boards of elections are required to use a more user-friendly provisional ballot envelope form on which voters must provide five key pieces of information to ensure their ballot is counted. The information is the same required for registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot and includes the voter’s:

  • Printed name,
  • Signature,
  • Date of birth,
  • Current address, and
  • One valid form of identification, which can include an Ohio driver’s license or state identification card number or the last four digits of the voter’s Social Security number, or a copy of a current and valid photo identification, a military identification, or a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and current address.

Additionally, the voter who does not provide identification on Election Day may return to the board of elections within seven days to show identification to ensure their ballot will be counted in the official canvas.

One of the most common reasons a voter must cast a provisional ballot is because they did not update their address 30 days prior to the election. Between now and October, Secretary Husted is encouraging all voters to take advantage of the Secretary of State’s Online Change of Address System at www.MyOhioVote.com.

“The rules are now in place and it's time to focus on educating the voters on the many options they have to cast their ballots in the next election,” Secretary Husted said. “We will continue to make Ohio a state where it is both easy to vote and hard to cheat.”

Additional voter information is available at www.MyOhioVote.com.

Additional Information
Advisory 2014-04
Updated Elections Calendar
What Voters Need to Know This Fall

 

 

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Election Advisory from 

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Nearly 32,000 absentee ballots cast, nearly 110,000 requested for May 6th Primary.

COLUMBUS Secretary of State Jon Husted announced today that as of Friday, April 11, 2014, 31,709 Ohioans have already voted absentee and 109,415 ballots have been requested since the start of early voting in the 2014 Primary Election as reported by county boards of elections. Absentee voting for military and overseas voters began on Saturday, March 22, 2014, and on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, for all other voters.

What’s on the Ballot
Ohioans will vote on primary races for a number of statewide and local candidates, as well as decide the outcome of a statewide ballot issue and hundreds of local issues. A list of all federal, statewide, court of appeals and state legislative candidates is available here. County boards of elections can provide a list of candidates running for county and local offices. Voters can review the ballot language and summary for State Issue 1: Capital Improvements – General Obligation Bonds here. Information on the 614 local issues on the ballot, including school and local tax levies, bond issues and charter amendments, is available online here.

Absentee Voting by Mail
Starting April 1, 2014, boards began mailing out absentee ballots to those who had requested them. Voters must complete, sign and seal their voted ballots, taking care to provide the required information, including proper identification. Voted ballots must be postmarked the day before Election Day and received no later than the 10th day after the election (May 16, 2014). Absentee ballots may also be delivered in person to boards of elections no later than the close of the polls on Election Day. They may not be returned at polling locations.

Voters wanting to cast an absentee ballot by mail have until Saturday, May 3rd at noon to request an absentee ballot by contacting their county board of elections for more information, or by downloading an absentee ballot request form at MyOhioVote.com.

In-Person Absentee Voting
To ensure all Ohio voters have the same amount of time to vote in person early, Secretary Husted issued Directive 2014-06, establishing uniform hours statewide to ensure all voters have fair and equal access to the ballot during 2014 elections.

Election Day Voting
Polls are open 6:30 am to 7:30 pm on Election Day. Voters choosing to head to the polls on Election Day need to remember to bring the proper form of ID and know their polling place and precinct. Voters can check their polling place and precinct and get other important voting information by visiting www.MyOhioVote.com.

Get Elections Updates and Ohio’s Virtual Voting Sticker
Ohio voters are encouraged to link with “OhioSOSHusted” on Facebook and Twitter to get elections information and updates throughout the year.  Here they can also get a virtual voting sticker badge to let their friends and followers know they’ve participated in the election, whether they chose to cast their ballots by mail or in person. Facebook users simply need to “like” Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s official Facebook page to “wear” a virtual sticker on their wall. Twitter users may share their voting badge by visiting the Secretary of State’s website.

Vote in Honor of a Veteran
With Vote in Honor of a Veteran, voters may also demonstrate the pride they feel for a veteran by dedicating their vote to them. By participating in this program, Ohioans help raise awareness about the importance of voting and highlight the powerful bond between our veterans and democracy. For more information on how to participate, visit www.OhioMilitaryVotes.com.

Additional Information
2014 Primary County-by-County Absentee Voting Report

 

 

OFRW Board Passes

Voter Issues Resolution

Sandy Darby, Chair of the OFRW Voter Issues Committee, presents the Voter Issues Resolution to the General Membership on April 5, 2014. The following resolution was passed by the OFRW Board of Directors to be recommended to the general membership at its spring meeting on April 5. The resolution was then adopted by the general membership of the OFRW. Final resolution is below.

~ Tammy Puff photo
   
Ohio Federation of Republican Women
Resolution Regarding Voter Issues
 
Whereas,the right to vote is a sacred right;

Whereas, the act of voting is a conrnerstone of the American Republic;

Whereas, the Ohio Republican Party has long held that the implementation of uniform, fair and unbiased voting laws and regulations foster a free domocratic society;

Resolved that the Ohio Federation of Republican Women supports fair and balanced voter laws and regulations which require proper voter identification, a reasonable opportunity for early voting, and easy acces to honest absentee voting.


Adopted by OFRW General Membership
April 5, 2014
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