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Early voting starts Tuesday

Andy Ouriel • Oct 1, 2012 at 2:01 PM

In Erie County, people can vote one of two ways:

• visit the board’s office, located at 2900 Columbus Ave., and vote absentee; This is also considered in-person or early voting.

• ask for an absentee ballot through the mail only after people submit a valid request. Elections board employees will mail out absentee ballots on a daily basis through Nov. 3.

Anyone recently changing their address or who have registered to vote within the past few weeks should receive an absentee voter request from the Ohio Secretary of State. If not, contact the state’s elections office at 614-466-2585.

For any questions on local absentee voting, contact the county’s elections hub at 419-627-7601.

Local elections board employees encourage people to vote absentee to avoid long lines on Election Day.

Next Tuesday, Oct. 9, is the last day someone can register to vote in Ohio.

Voters can register at the board’s office, the bureau of motor vehicles, the Erie County treasurer’s office at 247 Columbus Ave., or any public library.

Convicted felons are allowed to vote as long as they are no longer incarcerated.  Once they have served their time they may register to vote.

The county’s elections board office will be open:

• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday;

• 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 9 — the last day people can register to vote;

• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10-12;

• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15-19;

• 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 22-26;

• 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 to Nov. 1;

• 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 2.

For a story on the start of voting season, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Register.

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