Early voting kicks off

May 6 primary voting registration deadline quickly approaching
Tom Jackson
Apr 3, 2014
Ohio’s primary election is May 6, but you don’t have to wait until then to vote.

Early voting for the primary began Tuesday and will continue until May 3.

If you want to vote in the primary, don’t forget you have to be registered by the end of Monday.

Early voting hours are standard statewide. They were set after bipartisan recommendations by the Ohio Association of Election Officials, said Jon Husted, Ohio’s secretary of state.

Erie County’s early voting takes place in the election board offices, 2900 Columbus Ave., said Jennifer Ferback, the election board’s director.

Early voting can also be accomplished by mailing in absentee ballots, Ferback said.

Also on Tuesday, election boards began mailing out absentee ballots to voters who requested them. Absentee ballot request forms can be downloaded at myohiovote.com  .

Registering to vote can be accomplished by filling out forms at a variety of locations, including the election board office, at public libraries, at Bureau of Motor Vehicle offices and at the county treasurer’s office in downtown Sandusky, Ferback said.

Voters filling out the form to register should check their work, making sure they’ve filled it out completely and signed it. Many people make mistakes such as forgetting to put down their form of ID or forgetting to list their ID, but the form must be completed to be processed, Ferback said.

Voters who have moved since the last election may update their addresses at myohiovote.com  .

Election board dates
•EARLY VOTING: Early voting hours statewide are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday of this week, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 8 through April 11, with the same hours April 14 through May 2; and 8 a.m. to noon May 3, which is the Saturday before the election.

•MONDAY: Last day to register to vote for the May 6 primary.

•MAY 6: Election day, with polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.