The Butler County Board of Elections mailed 1,400 ballots to voters today, the first day of early voting for the Nov. 7 general election.
That is a 47 percent increase over the number of ballots mailed on the first day of early voting in 2015, the last local-year election, officials said.
A total of 2,014 ballots have been requested, which includes the ballots sent to nursing home residents, as well as military members and overseas citizens.
Two years ago, 1,416 ballots had been requested as of the first day of early voting, including ones sent to nursing homes and overseas.
“Voter interest in this November’s election is trending higher than in 2015,” Butler County Board of Elections Director Diane Noonan said. “Our voter registration is significantly higher, and we anticipate voter turnout will likely be higher than the 41 percent turnout we saw two years ago.”
Local elections are usually driven by statewide ballot issues, which this election there are two.
Voters do not need to state a reason to vote early or by mail in Ohio. Voters may request a vote-by-mail ballot before noon on Saturday, Nov. 4.
Applications for an absentee ballot must contain:
- the voter’s name, current address (and mailing address where the ballot should be sent)
- date of birth
- identification such as an Ohio Driver’s License number or the last four digits of the voter’s Social Security number, and
- the election date.
The voter must then sign the application.
Voters casting a ballot by mail must return their ballots with a postmark dated no later than Monday, Nov. 6. Voters may also bring their ballot to the Board of Elections office, 1802 Princeton Road, by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 7, 2017.
Absentee ballots will not be accepted at polling locations.
Voters may download a vote-by-mail application by visiting the Board of Elections website at butlercountyelections.org. Applications may be hand-delivered or mailed to 1802 Princeton Road, Suite 600, Hamilton, OH 45011.
OTHER WAYS TO VOTE
Butler County voters may also cast their ballot in person at the board of elections office. Early voting hours for this election are:
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 to Friday, Oct. 13
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from Monday, Oct. 16 to Friday, Oct. 27
- 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday, Oct. 30 to Friday, Nov. 3
- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4
- 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5
- 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6
Polls are open on Election Day, Nov. 7 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Find out your polling location here.