COLUMBUS – As Ohio responded to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, Gov. DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton ordered in-person polling locations closed on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. As a result, the Ohio General Assembly extended the 2020 Ohio primary election until Tuesday, April 28, 2020 and converted it to a vote-by-mail election. Today, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced that 1,667,883 Ohioans have requested a vote-by-mail ballot for the Ohio primary election and 975,158 voters have already cast their ballot.
“This election is about a lot more than a presidential primary. It’s about the levies and local issues that are being decided in communities all around Ohio, and leaders who are competing to be your councilwoman or legislative representative,” said LaRose. “Unprecedented challenges require unprecedented efforts. Together with bipartisan election officials and community leaders from across the state, we’ve worked tirelessly to prepare Ohioans to vote by mail. As we enter this final week, I encourage Ohioans to mail their ballot in as soon as possible.”
Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked by April 27th or hand-delivered by April 28th at 7:30 p.m. to the voter’s county board of elections.
Secretary LaRose will be hosting a Facebook Live Town Hall to answer questions from Ohio voters TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. The event can be found at Facebook.com/FrankLaRose.
Data was collected by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office via a survey of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections. Data as of close of business on April 17, 2020 includes the following:
In the 2020 presidential primary, voters across the state have the opportunity to vote in a number of local races, as well as a total of 482 local issues and questions across Ohio. For information on local races, please contact your local county board of elections.