Before Ohio’s public health director, Dr. Amy Acton, declared a public health emergency and ordered polls in Ohio’s 88 counties closed, more than 3,700 absentee ballots were cast.
Ohio lawmakers formally moved Election Day to Tuesday, despite Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose wanting it to be in early June.
Election officials say they are uncertain how COVID-19 will impact the general election in November. Butler County Board of Elections Deputy Director Eric Corbin changes for the 2020 primary election will impact the 2020 general election.
“We’re going to have a lot of voters this fall who’s going to be concerned about the coronavirus,” he said. “And the best thing they can do, if they don’t want to be exposed to the public, is to vote from home and vote by mail. That’s going to be the fastest, the easiest and a secure way to cast their ballot.”