Ohio primary election will be absentee voting only, ballots mailed by April 27

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Ohio's primary election, which was postponed from March due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, will be absentee voting only.

Ballots need to be mailed by April 27. There's some confusion about how people can obtain one of those mail-in ballots to continue the March primary election. There is some clarity, but it's a process that's going to take a couple of steps.

There will be no in person voting. So everyone who has not already voted will be using the mail system.

And that's a two-step process.

What voters will be doing now is requesting an absentee ballot from their board of elections. They can download that form and mail it in. If they can’t print one out, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted said Thursday that voters can call their board of elections and request one.

When voters get that ballot back, they'll need to mail that completed one back. It will be a quick turnaround though -- all ballots need to be postmarked by April 27. That's just about one month from now.

If you haven't voted and want to then you will need to act quickly.

“We want everybody who wants to cast a ballot to have the opportunity to do that. Your local board of elections and Secretary of State’s office are trying to account for that as quickly as they can,” said Husted.

For people who have already voted, your vote will count. It's under lock and key. So, if you've already done it, don't vote again.

There will be some exemptions for in-person voting for people with special circumstances or disabilities. Contact your board of elections for help.

You can reach the Ohio Board of Elections at 419-213-4001.