Voters still have time to cast 2020 Ohio Primary Election ballot

    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.

    The Ohio 2020 primary election is wrapping up on Tuesday. Citizens still have time to cast their ballots. 

    The election is meant to be conducted primarily by mail, but there are opportunities to cast ballots by other means.

    For those sending by mail, the postmark deadline is today (Monday, April 27). Ballots must be mailed to a voter’s respective county board of elections office. See a list of office addresses here. 

    Voters can also physically drop off their absentee ballot to the board of elections office through Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Each office will have a box available for ballots to be returned. 

    Citizens also will have a chance to vote Tuesday in-person through a provisional ballot.

    The election was first planned for March 17 but voting was extended due to COVID-19 health concerns. The legislature approved a vote-by-mail system, with the only stated exceptions for in-person voting being those with disabilities and those without access to the mail system.

    However, voters can cast a provisional ballot in-person on Tuesday at their respective county board of election, per Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

    Provisional ballots will be counted so long as the person is a lawful voter of that county and has not already cast an early/absentee ballot.

    For more information on voting in the primary election, visit voteohio.gov. 

    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.