Ohioans who have already cast primary ballots based on the March 17th original Primary Election date will have their ballots counted for the EXTENDED Primary Election date of Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Those registered voters who have not voted yet will now have the next month to cast absentee ballots by mail. To vote in the Primary Election, voters MUST submit an Absentee Ballot Application to vote by mail. If you would like to participate in the Primary Election, you MUST vote by mail.
Extended Primary Election Day
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Deadline for Voter Registration for Primary Election:
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 remains the voter registration deadline
NO In-person Voting
There will be NO In-person Voting
Note: There will be very limited exceptions
to this for those needing special assistance only.
Please contact your local county board of elections
for additional information.
Vote by Mail
If you have already voted early or voted by mail based
on the March 17th date and returned your ballot back
to your local county board of elections,
your ballot will count for the
Primary Election – Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
If you requested your ballot by mail, received it, but have not
returned it back your local county board of elections,
there are several options on how to return your ballot to be counted.
See instructions below on options to return ballots.
If you have not voted yet, to vote by mail for the
Primary Election – Tuesday, April 28, 2020,
you MUST request and complete an Absentee Ballot Application.
IMPORTANT SECTION 6 INFORMATION:
Remember the acceptable dates to fill in of the Extended Primary are
March 17, 2020 or April 28, 2020.
Remember to fill in the political party ballot – Democratic.
OPTIONS TO RETURN YOUR APPLICATION
Your application may be mailed to your local county board of elections.
Your Absentee Ballot Application request to vote by mail must be
received no later than 12noon on Saturday, April 25, 2020.
OPTIONS TO RETURN YOUR BALLOT
Once you receive your ballot in the mail and vote it,
your ballot may be returned by mail via U.S. Postal Service
your local county board of elections
postmarked no later than Monday, April 27, 2020 AND
arrive at your local county board of elections no later than May 8, 2020.
A postage-paid envelope will be provided for you to return your ballot.
NOTE: It is recommended that you take your ballot envelope
into the Post Office to have the clerk manually postmark the envelope.
If the envelope is not properly postmarked
your ballot will not be counted.
NOTE: The U.S. Post Office estimates it could take 2-5 days each
for applications and ballots to be mailed to voters.
Give yourself plenty of time to receive your ballot!
Please call your local county board of elections
to find out where a dropoff box for ballots may be located.
A dropoff box must be provided outside 24/7
per Directive 2020-07 and HB 197.
If you decide to dropoff your ballot, it must be received
no later than 7:30pm on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
In-Person Voting on
Primary Election Day, Tuesday, April 28, 2020
will be for those who need special assistance only.
If you are interested in voting in the Primary Election,
you MUST vote by mail.
**Please be aware of deadlines!**
If you should have any questions, please contact your
local county board of elections.
Directives issues by Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose pertaining to the Primary Election:
- Directive 2020-06: Order from Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton Closing Polls for the March 17, 2020 Presidential Primary Election (PDF)(opens in a new window) (rescinded)
- Directive 2020-05: Unforeseeably Confined or Hospitalized Voters, Curbside Voting, and Best Practices for the March 17, 2020 Election in Response to Coronavirus/COVID-19 (PDF)(opens in a new window) (rescinded)
- Directive 2020-04: Unofficial and Official Canvasses of the March 17, 2020 Primary Election (PDF)(opens in a new window) (rescinded)
- Directive 2020-03: Polling Locations at Residential Senior Citizen Facilities (PDF)