With the confusion of the Primary Election that was to take place on March 17, Elizabeth, one of our awesome librarians pulled together some updated information to help. This information is provided by our Secretary of State, Frank LaRose. It has been updated on March 26, 2020 to reflect the new changes.
– In-person voting will not take place for the March 17 election. (BUT Ohioans with disabilities or special circumstances can vote in-person on April 28th at their County Board of Elections.)
– Ohioans can still vote by requesting an absentee ballot.
– Each voter must receive their ballot, cast their vote, and return the ballot in a postage-paid envelope, postmarked by April 27th.
– All votes already submitted by mail or in-person will count. (If you already voted, you’re all set!)
– Only those who registered to vote by the primary deadline of February 18, 2020 are eligible to vote.
So let’s talk about how this all works. As an Ohio registered voter you have the right to vote from home. In our current situation this is a great plan to practice social distancing and still make sure your voice is heard. However, you always have this opportunity to request an absentee ballot. Typically, the North Canton Library has these forms available for you at the Reference desk. For now, find the form here. Absentee ballots are the first votes counted on Election Night.
STEPS TO REQUEST AND VOTE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT:
1. Complete the absentee ballot request form. Click here for the form!
2. Once you have completed your application by providing all of the required information print and sign it. (Remember this is for the Primary Election that was to take place on March 17, so write in the date as March 17, 2020)
3. Mail the request form back to your own county board of elections.
If you live in Stark County, you will mail it to this address:
Stark County Board of Elections
3525 Regent Ave. NE
Canton, Ohio 44705
4. Wait to receive your ballot in the mail from your county board of elections.
5. Return your completed ballot. (You can send it by U.S. Mail or deliver it in person to your county board of elections.) You must return the ballot in a postage-paid envelope, postmarked by April 27th.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) estimates that it may take two to five days for your voted absentee ballot to be delivered to your board of elections by mail.
If you use postage stamps, ask that it be postmarked.
No printer? No problem! You can make your own form to request a vote-by-mail ballot!
Just write down all the information below on any piece of paper and mail it in to your county board of elections! Get the address here: https://www.ohiosos.gov/…/county-boards-of-elections-direc…/