Governor DeWine Selects August 3rd for Primary, November 2nd for General
COLUMBUS – Following the announcement of the special election schedule by Governor Mike DeWine today, Secretary LaRose is providing detailed information about the upcoming dates and deadlines for the special congressional election in the 11th district.
The vacancy opened after the United States Senate confirmed now-Secretary Marcia Fudge on March 10 to serve as the head of the Department of Housing & Urban Development, and her subsequent resignation of her congressional seat. A Writ of Election may only be issued upon the resignation of a member of Congress.
“Though the Senate took a much longer time than expected to confirm Secretary Fudge, the Governor has picked an election schedule that is fair to both candidates and voters alike, and consistent with past special election timelines,” said LaRose. “Voters in the 11th district are going to get the same accessible, accurate, and secure election to which they and all Ohioans have become accustomed.”
May 5th: Declaration of candidacies for partisan candidates must be filed with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections
May 24th: Declaration of candidacies for write-in candidates must be filed with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections
May 25th: The county board of elections must certify the names of the candidates that will appear on the special primary ballot
July 6th: Eligible Ohioans not already registered to vote who wish to cast a ballot in the Special Congressional Primary Election must register to vote by this date
August 3rd: The Special Election Congressional Primary takes place
October 4th: Eligible Ohioans not already registered to vote who wish to cast a ballot in the Special Congressional General Election must register to vote by this date
November 2nd: The Special Congressional General Election takes place
November 23rd: Boards must complete and certify the official canvass
The amount of time between the governor’s Writ of Election announcement and the Special Congressional Primary and General Elections are very similar compared to the previous two special elections.
|Governor Issues Writ of Election||Special Election Primary Date||Total Number of Days||Special Election General Date||Total Number of Days|
|Speaker Boehner Special Election||Nov. 1, 2015||March 15, 2016||135||June 7, 2016||219|
|Rep. Tiberi Special Election||Jan. 5, 2018||May 8, 2018||123||August 8, 2018||214|
|Rep. Fudge Special Election||March 8, 2021||August 3, 2021||138||November 2, 2021||229|
Ohioans interested in registering to vote or signing up to be a poll worker should visit VoteOhio.gov for more information.