Ohio Primary Voting Extended Due To Coronavirus

Date: March 17, 2020

How to still cast your vote...

Since there was no in-person voting on the originally scheduled Ohio Primary Election Day, March 17, 2020, with the polls have been closed by an order of state Director of Health Amy Acton due to the spread of the coronavirus, there is important information Ohioans need to know so they may still cast a ballot in the primary. The Ohio Supreme Court upheld delay to the primary election, early Tuesday, denying a legal challenge to the order.

Frank LaRose, Ohio’s Secretary of State, issued this directive which outlines the steps Ohio is taking based on the suspension of the primary election. It is important to understand all votes already cast, will be counted, so if you have already voted, even if it was for a candidate no longer running, that vote counts.

If you haven’t voted yet, you may still request absentee ballots through an absentee ballot form up until May 26, 2020, to vote at home through the mail. Each of Ohio’s 88 counties has a Board of Elections (BOE) office that is responsible for administering local elections. The absentee ballot will need to be postmarked by June 1, 2020, or you may return it in-person to the county board of elections by June 2. If you still want to vote in person, you may do so at your designated polling place on June 2, 2020, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

We will continue to update our members as we receive any additional information on this issue. We understand that small business owners vote regularly, and we want you to have your vote count and your voice heard!

If you have any questions, please contact our Communications Director Andy Patterson at 614-221-4107 or [email protected].

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