Ohioans Must Request Their Absentee Ballots by Weekend

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Ohio voters must request absentee ballots by Saturday to take advantage of the opportunity to vote from home.

Absentee ballots should be returned to the county board of elections office by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 2.

Buckeye State residents also have the option of casting their ballot in person prior to the Tuesday election by visiting their county board of elections office. Those who do not take advantage of the opportunity to vote early or from home can still visit the appropriate polling location to make their views known Tuesday.

In Belmont County, officials anticipate a record number of absentee ballots may be cast.

Residents also can vote early in person at the elections headquarters at Plaza West in St. Clairsville.

“We’ll have four voting booths set up in our office for people who want to come in person to cast their ballot,” said elections Director Bill Shubat, noting early voting will be done on paper ballots rather than on voting machines. “We’ll have a team of employees on duty there for the entire day to hand out and process the ballots and to offer whatever assistance they can to the voters.”

The voting booths are open in the lobby during the board’s normal operating hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Absentee ballot applications are available at county boards of elections and must be filled out before a ballot can be issued to an at-home voter. To receive an absentee ballot application, residents should call their county boards of elections:

  • Belmont County, 740-526-0188;
  • Harrison County, 740-942-8866;
  • Jefferson County, 740-283-8522; and
  • Monroe County, 740-472-0929.

In addition to deciding local issues, Ohioans this year will elect candidates to the U.S. Senate and House, the Ohio General Assembly, state offices, county commissions and auditor’s offices.