Early voting is underway for Ohio’s primary election

By: - February 21, 2020 12:40 am

This voting sticker, designed by student Emily Legg, was chosen in May to be the new sticker in Ohio. Photo courtesy the Secretary of State’s Office.

Those eager to cast their primary ballots will not have to wait any longer.

Early voting has begun in Ohio, weeks ahead of the March 17 primary election. This election features elections between candidates of the same political party, along with some ballot issues.

Which political party are you?

Ohio is considered an “open” state, in that voters can choose to vote for whichever political party’s ballot they would like. Ohioans do not have to register their party affiliation with elections officials, but they do have to request a specific party’s ballot when it comes time to vote.

If a voter does not want a political party ballot, they can request an “issues only” ballot. You can read more about this on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website

How to vote early

There are several ways Ohioans can cast a ballot before March 17.

In-person voting is available at each county’s respective board of elections office. A full list of locations is available here. Voting times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until March 6. There will be expanded hours after that, including weekend times. You can view the full early voting schedule here

Voters can also request an absentee ballot to be mailed back or dropped off to a county board of elections office. Full details and request forms are available on the Ohio Secretary of State website here

What’s on your ballot

The Secretary of State website offers a simple way to find out exactly what will be on your primary election ballot. Click here to view the map of Ohio, then click on your county of residence. 

From there, enter your address to view a sample ballot. 

Highlights of the 2020 primary election include the Democratic presidential nomination as well as races for Congress and the Ohio Statehouse.

Where to vote on election day

For those not voting early, the polls will be open on Tuesday, March 17 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

To find your polling location, click here to view the map of Ohio and then click on your county of residence. Enter your address to view the correct polling location.

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Tyler Buchanan
Tyler Buchanan

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.