COLUMBUS – April 27th is the final day to mail in ballots in Ohio’s extended primary election. A ballot mailed in must be postmarked today in order to be counted under Ohio law. Ohioans can also drop off completed ballots in the secure drop box at their board of elections until 7:30pm on Tuesday, April 28th.
Today, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced that 1,975,806 Ohioans have requested a vote-by-mail ballot for the Ohio primary election and 1,458,936 voters have already cast their ballot. In the week since the last reported numbers, there has been a 50% increase in votes cast -- more than 480,000 ballots.
”In a matter of weeks, we’ve done something that’s taken other states years to do – transform our state into one capable of voting entirely by mail,” said LaRose. “But voters, you can’t delay a moment longer. Get your ballots in the mail today or drive to your county board of elections tomorrow before 7:30 p.m. and put them in their secure drop box.”
In response to reports of serious mail delays last week, Secretary LaRose worked with Ohio’s congressional delegation and spoke with the United States Postal Service’s Deputy Postmaster on April 24th about implementing significant improvements which have sped up delivery of election related mail. More about those improvements can be found by clicking here.
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 the end of the vote-by-mail ballot request deadline at noon on April 25, 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.