Butler County’s special election starts next week: Here’s what to know

Those who want to cast a vote early or on Election Day in the May 2 special election have until Monday to register to vote.

Early voting for the spring election starts Tuesday, April 4. In-person voting will be done at the Butler County Board of Elections, 1802 Princeton Road in Hamilton, and a photo ID is now required for in-person voting.

During the first three weeks of early voting, the hours to vote in-person are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays (April 4-7, April 10-14, and April 17-21).

The fourth week of early voting (April 24-30) includes weekend hours and are:

  • 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on April 24
  • 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on April 25
  • 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. April 26-28
  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29
  • 1-5 p.m. April 30

Voter registration can be done online at: olvr.ohiosos.gov

For those who want to register at the board of elections office, all Ohio elections offices are open until 9 a.m. Monday, according to the Ohio Secretary of State.

ExploreRoss, Edgewood school district voters face levy votes in May: Here’s what to know

In addition to a 1% income tax for the Edgewood City School District, Ross Local School District is seeking a 9.44-mill, five-year levy. The contingent of Butler County voters that live within the Northwest Local School District will decide a 4.98-mill, 38-year construction bond.

Also, the city of Middletown is seeking approval for electric and natural gas aggregations, and Costco in Liberty Twp. and two Shell gas stations in Oxford are seeking approval for Sunday alcohol sales.

Registered voters can request absentee ballots, also known as vote-by-mail ballots, prior to the start of early voting. Ballot request forms received and processed early will be mailed out on April 4. After the start of early voting, they’ll be processed as they are received.

For the early voting application form:

All ballot request applications, which can also be hand-delivered to the elections office, must be received by 8:30 p.m. April 25. All ballots must be mailed and postmarked (voters should request the USPS postmark the envelope) by May 1.

Absentee ballots can also be hand-delivered to the Butler County elections office ― which has a 24-hour secured drop box in front of the building ― by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Absentee ballots will not be accepted at any polling locations, and anyone requesting a mailed ballot but later decides to vote in person at their polling location on Election Day will need to cast a provisional ballot.

For questions and information on early voting, requesting an absentee ballot, or voting, can call the Butler County Board of Elections at 513-887-3700 or visit VoteOhio.gov.

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