PAULDING – In-person absentee voting will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at the Board of Elections office, 105 East Perry Street, Paulding. ? In-person absentee voting hours are set out by the Ohio Secretary of State and are as follows:

• 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, Oct. 6 – 9

• 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, Oct. 12 - 16

• 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday - Friday, Oct. 19 - 23

• 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24

• 1–5 p.m. Sunday, October 25

• 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday, Oct. 26 – 30

• 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31

• 1–5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1

• 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2

You may review your ballot on the office website: https://www.boe.ohio.gov/paulding or google Paulding County, Ohio Board of Elections.

Any qualified Ohio voter may request an absent voter’s ballot without stating a reason. For in-person absentee voting, you must state your name, residence address, and provide valid ID. Please wear a facial mask and bring your own black or blue pen. The office will however have facial masks and pen available if needed.

The Secretary of State’s office requires observing social distancing. There is a maximum occupancy in the office lobby where in person voting will be held. There may be longer lines at certain times of the day such as when the office opens and around noon time, so you should plan accordingly. There will also be curbside voting for someone that is unable to come inside the office due to health.

You may request an application for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you in the year the election is held beginning on Jan. 1. You may, but are not required, to use the application form prescribed by the Ohio Secretary of State (Form 11- A).

Your request must contain ALL of the following information:

• Your name

• Your signature

• The address at which you are registered to vote

• Your date of birth

•ONE of the following

(a) Your Ohio driver’s license or state ID number or

(b) The last four digits of your Social Security number or

(c) A copy of your current and valid photo ID, military ID, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and current address. (Note: You cannot use as proof of identification a notice that the board of elections mailed to you.)

• A statement identifying the election for which you are requesting an absentee voter’s ballot; General Election -Nov. 3;

• A statement that you are a qualified elector

• If you want the ballot mailed to you, you will need to include the address to which you want your ballot mailed.

You are encouraged to mail or bring your absent voter’s ballot application to this office as soon as possible due to the anticipation of a heavy voter turnout. However, pursuant to Ohio law, an application for an absent voter’s ballot must be received by the Board of Elections office by noon on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Applications for persons who are hospitalized by a medical emergency will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Election Day.

If you requested an absent voter’s ballot by mail and change your mind about voting absentee and decide to vote at your voting location on Election Day, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot. You may not return your absent voter’s ballot to your voting location. If your absentee voted ballot is received by this office pursuant to double voting is against the law.

You or an immediate family member may deliver your absent voter’s ballot to the Board of Elections office until the close of the polls on Election Day (7:30 p.m.) or you may return your absent voter’s ballot by mail. If you return your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day (Nov. 2) and received by the office not later than ten days after Election Day in order to be counted. Please affix sufficient postage for the prompt delivery of your ballot. An USPS mailing label which contains the date is strongly encouraged.

On Election Day, Nov. 3, you must vote at the voting location where your residence address (by precinct) places you.

If you would like more information or have questions concerning absentee voting, contact the Board of Elections office at 105 East Perry Street, Paulding, call 419-399-8230 or email this office. at paulding@ohiosos.gov.