STEUBENVILLE - In-person absentee voting starts today at election board offices across Ohio.
Local elections officials noted they already have received a high volume of requests for absentee ballot applications by mail. The ballots, once received, must be returned by the voter to their respective county board of election office and postmarked by Nov. 3.
Absentee ballots also can be returned to board offices by the close of the polls at 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6.
Also, voters not presently registered to vote have until 9 p.m. Oct. 9 to register to do so.
Additional hours may be added at a later date, according to the office of Ohio Secretary of State John Husted.
Belmont County Director of Elections William Shubat reported 9,300 absentee ballot application requests received as of Monday afternoon. There are 49,830 registered voters in the county.
Secretary of State Sets Early Voting Days
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has established uniform early voting hours for all the state's 88 counties, which exclude weekends. Previously, local boards of election could set their own hours, and weekend voting varied.
Here's a look at what the new business hours will be when
in-person, early voting begins today:
- Today-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Oct. 8: closed, in observance of Columbus Day.
- Oct. 9: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., to allow for late voter registration.
- Oct. 10-Oct. 12 and Oct. 15-19: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Oct. 22-Oct. 26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 1: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Nov. 2: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The office is located at 103 Plaza Drive, Suite B, St. Clairsville. The phone number is 740-526-0188.
Harrison County elections officials expected to have 1,200 absentee ballot application requests by the end of Monday. The county has 10,635 registered voters.
The election board address is 538 N. Main St., Suite B, Cadiz. Residents needing more information should call 740-942-8866.
In Jefferson County, election workers report 5,050 absentee ballot application requests received. There are 49,500 registered to vote in Jefferson County.
The board office is at 117 N. Third St., Steubenville, and the phone number is 740-283-8522.
Monroe County reports 953 absentee ballot applications received, and the county has 10,442 registered voters.
The Monroe County Board of Elections can be found at 47084 Black Walnut Parkway, Woodsfield. The office can be reached by calling 740-472-0929.
Husted said 921,199 absentee ballot applications to vote by mail had been received by county boards of elections statewide as of the end of last week. A total of 10,823 military and overseas absentee ballots have been distributed, he noted
"We are ready," Husted said. "Boards of elections are prepared, and all voters can have confidence that Ohio will conduct a fair, open, and secure general election.
"No matter which method of voting they choose - in person absentee, by mail absentee or on Election Day - we encourage all Ohioans to take the time now to check their registrations and know the rules so they can have a smooth experience at the polls."
He said 7.8 million Ohioans are registered to vote.