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Absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 General Election
Monday, October 01, 2012 6:58 PM

PAULDING – Absentee ballots for voters are ready for the upcoming Presidential General Election to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polling locations on Election Day will be open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Any qualified Ohio voter may request an absent voter’s ballot without stating a reason. The ballot must be applied for in writing or in person for each election that you wish to cast an Absent Voter’s Ballot. 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;

• 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 it mailed.

In-office early voting hours to date are as follows:

• Tuesday, Oct. 2 through Friday, Oct. 12 office hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 15 through Nov. 1 office hours will be 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

• Friday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

An application by mail must be received by the board of elections office by NOON on Saturday, Nov. 3. You must vote in the precinct where you reside on Election Day. 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 and change your mind about voting absentee and decide to vote at your precinct polling location on Election Day, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot.

You may not return your absent voter’s ballot to your polling place. You or a near relative 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. 5) and received by the office not later than 10 days after Election Day in order to be counted. Please affix sufficient postage for the prompt delivery of your ballot.

If you would like more information or have questions concerning absentee voting, contact the board of elections at 105 E. Perry St., Paulding or call 419-399-8230. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-noon and 1- 4 p.m. The office email address is paulding@ohiosecretaryofstate gov. The Paulding County Board of Elections website may be found at or