Early voting in Ohio: Voters have extra hours to vote next four days

Voters who don’t want to go to the polls on election day can vote early at area board of elections locations.

People can vote in-person until 7 p.m. today for the Nov. 2 general election.mail.

Saturday and Sunday hours also are available this weekend.

All in-person early voting will take place at each county’s board of elections office. Early voting will be open the same hours statewide:

• 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30;

• 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31; and

• 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1.

Monday is the deadline for mail-in absentee ballots. They may be returned in person to your local board of elections office until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Absentee voting for members of the military and people overseas began Sept. 17.

The deadline for voter registration was Oct. 4.

On ballots in the Miami Valley area are city, township and county offices, local issue questions and local tax levies.

There are 14 write-in candidates for races in Montgomery County, Board of Elections Director Jeff Rezabek said. None are countywide races, so no voters will have all of them as options. But write-in candidates are expected to win at least seven local races because there aren’t enough certified candidates to fill all available seats.

According to data provided by Sarah Greathouse, deputy director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, those races are:

· West Carrollton Council: four available seats, with three regular candidates and two write-ins;

· New Lebanon Council: three available seats, with two regular candidates and one write-in;

· Clay Twp. fiscal officer (unexpired term): one seat available, one write-in candidate

· Harrison Twp. fiscal officer (unexpired term): one seat available, one write-in candidate;

· Dayton Board of Education: four seats available, three regular candidates, four write-in candidates;

· West Carrollton Board of Education: three seats available, two regular candidates, three write-in candidates; and

· Jefferson Twp. Board of Education: three seats available, one regular candidate, two write-in candidates.

Each polling place will have a list of official write-in candidates that voters can ask to see, Rezabek said. The list is also available online at www.mcsafevoting.com behind the “2021 November candidates” button under the Elections/Current Election tab.

On a paper ballot, voters should fill in the oval next to the write-in blank, then write in the person’s name exactly as it appears on the official list.

On an electronic voting machine, voters can tap the write-in option on the screen. They will get a touchscreen keyboard where they can enter the candidate’s name exactly as it appears on the official list, then press the green “accept” button.

A number of people came to the Montgomery County elections office Monday morning to make sure they were registered at the right address, Rezabek said. Absentee ballot requests are still coming in.

“Everything is looking great,” he said.

Information on absentee ballots and all other voting questions can be found at the Ohio secretary of state’s elections webpage, www.ohiosos.gov/elections, or from each county’s board of elections.

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