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Request absentee ballots by 8:30 p.m. tonight for Aug. 8 election

More than 355,000 Ohioans have voted already; nearly 250,000 asked for absentee ballots

With just a week to go before the Aug. 8 special election, the number of Ohio voters who have voted or requested absentee ballots is approaching the entire total turnout for last year’s August primary.

Nearly 639,000 Ohioans cast ballots in 2022’s summer election; as of July 27 of this year, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office reported, the figure for early voting and ballot requests exceeds 615,000.

Those unable to vote in person can still request an absentee ballot up until 8:30 p.m. tonight. Those in Cuyahoga County can find more information on the Board of Elections’ website; the Secretary of State’s office has additional details for all Ohioans on their website.

Registered voters also have the option to cast ballots in person through 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 6. To find hours and locations for your county’s Board of Elections, visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s website.

(Please note: Those who wish to cast ballots in person—whether early or on Aug. 8—must be able to present identification that meets Ohio’s current requirements.)

Issue 1 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would increase the requirements to change Ohio’s constitution through ballot initiatives. The full text of the measure can be found on the Ohio Secretary of State website.

The university’s Center for Civic Education and Learning has posted information regarding voter eligibility, registration, and participation in vote by mail.