Voters Almost Out of Time to Participate in Ohio’s Primary Election

A reminder that the Primary Election in Ohio this year is a vote-by-mail only election.

Legislation for the election has allowed for only two special groups to vote in person.

One of the groups include voters who are blind and visually impaired and need to cast absent voter’s ballots using a DRE voting machine or marking device that is accessible for voters with disabilities.

The other group is those who are unable to receive mail at the place where the elector resides or at another location.

In person voting for those 2 special situations is limited to April 28, 2020 between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Board of Elections office in the basement of the courthouse.

For those voting by mail, a black drop box has been installed on the south side of the courthouse for the return of absentee ballots and absentee ballot applications. Extra applications are located in the top section of the drop box for voters who still need to submit an application for absent voter’s ballot. Ballot applications must be received no later than Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 12:00 noon in order to have a ballot mailed. The returning ballots must be postmarked no later than April 27, 2020, or dropped in the black drop box no later than April 28, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in order to be counted.

The Hardin County Board of Elections will meet Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 6:30 a.m. in their office in the courthouse for the conclusion of the Primary Election. This is a change from the originally set time of 6:00 a.m. In addition, the board will conduct their regular meeting, review the auditor’s report, approve the minutes of the March 17, 2020 meeting and approve bills. This meeting also replaces the April 9, 2020 regular meeting.