Early voting begins Tuesday; registration deadline Oct. 4
Monday, Sep. 27, 2010
Early voting for the Nov. 2 general election begins tomorrow, Sep. 28, with an opportunity to register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time continuing from tomorrow through the Oct. 4 voter registration deadline.
The Franklin County Board of Elections has mailed absent voter application forms to registered voters. Voters do not need an "excuse" to vote early either in person or using a mail-in ballot. According to an article in today's Columbus Dispatch, an increasing number of Ohioans have voted absentee, either in person or by mail, since the state adopted "no-fault" absentee voting in 2005. Elections officials push early voting not only as a convenience for voters but as a way to ease congestion at the polls on Election Day.
Franklin County residents may cast a ballot (or, through Oct. 4, register to vote and cast a ballot) at the Board of Elections office at 280 East Broad Street in downtown Columbus during the following hours:
- Tuesday, Sep. 28: 8 am – 7 pm
- Wednesday, Sep. 29 — Friday, Oct. 1: 8 am – 5 pm
- Saturday, Oct. 2: 8 am – 4 pm
- Sunday, Oct. 3: 1–5 pm
- Monday, Oct. 4: 8 am – 9 pm
- Tuesday, Oct. 5 — Friday, Oct. 8: 8 am – 5 pm
- Monday, Oct. 11 – Friday, Oct. 15: 8 am – 5 pm
- Monday, Oct. 18 – Friday, Oct. 22: 8 am – 5 pm
- Monday, Oct. 25 – Friday, Oct. 29: 8 am – 7 pm
- Saturday, Oct. 30: 8 am – 4 pm
- Sunday, Oct. 31: 1–5 pm
- Monday, Nov. 1: 8 am – 5 pm
Learn more about voter registration, in-person absentee voting, and voting by mail, including identification requirements as well as deadlines for applying to vote absentee and turning in your absentee ballot. Also, read the League's frequently asked questions about voting. Candidate and issue information can be obtained by attending Meet the Candidates forums and by reading the League's Voter Information Bulletin.