Butler County names 3 new polling places to move from nursing homes

The Butler County Board of Elections found three new polling locations after the Secretary of State ordered polls to be moved from nursing facilities due to the coronavirus.

Voters in the primary election next Tuesday will be redirected to the following locations:

• From Fairfield Pavilion to Creekside Middle School in Fairfield

• From Ohio Living Mount Healthy to the Monroe Library and Community Center

• From Woodridge Healthcare to Fairfield Senior High School

Gov. Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency Monday after three coronavirus cases were confirmed in Cuyahoga County. The nursing home population is particularly vulnerable to the disease.

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The majority of Butler County polls are located in local schools and Assistant BOE Director Eric Corbin said early on the Secretary of State’s Office inquired about the number of polls where school would be in session, there are 22, Lakota is on spring break.

“Moving out of all the schools would have been just a monumental task to do in eight days,” Corbin told the Journal-News.

DeWine issued a number of recommendations on Tuesday but none involved moving polls out of schools.

BOE officials also said “we encourage voters to take advantage of Ohio’s ample early voting opportunities.”

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the March 17 election is noon on March 14 and ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election in order to be counted. Voters can also drop ballots off at the Butler County Board of Elections on election day by 7:30 p.m.

A full list of polling locations can be found at : https://elections.bcohio.us/where_do_i_vote/index.php

For any additional questions regarding the state's response to the coronavirus, visit: VoteOhio.gov/CoronaFacts

For more information about COVID-19, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/

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