Last updated: September 26. 2013 6:42PM - 1008 Views
Charlene Hoeflich choeflich@civitasmedia.com

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POMEROY — “It’s time to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 5, 2013 General Election if you wish to vote this fall and will be out of town or otherwise indisposed on that day, or just want to vote from the comfort of your home.”

That’s the word from Becky Johnston, Meigs County Board of Elections director.

Johnston advises that residents must come to the Board of Elections office, ask for an absentee application, fill it out and return it to the Meigs County Board of Elections prior to receiving a ballot.

Absentee voting and/or early voting will be starting on a daily basis at the Meigs County Board of Elections on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. The hours for voting are Monday through Friday, Oct.1, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The office will also be open on Tuesday, Oct. 7 for the last day of voter registration from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Other hours will be announced, Johnston said.

She advised that contrary to popular belief, absentee ballots are actually processed prior to Election Day. The ballots are scanned prior to Election Day, a process which can begin 10 days before election, but the “totals are not available until election night.” Absentee votes are a part of the “unofficial count” on election night. Valid absentee ballots that are received after the close of polls on Election Day (postmarked by Nov. 4, 2013) through the tenth day after the election are included in the official canvas, Johnston said.

Provisional ballots are the ballots that do not get counted until after Election Day, but are included in the official canvas if certified as valid. Voting a provisional ballot means that the voter has moved within the county and changed voting precinct or has moved from another county in the State of Ohio. If the voter has requested an absentee ballot, has no identification, refuses to provide identification, or if the voter’s right to vote is challenged are other reasons a provisional ballot is required.

Johnston said she would like to take this opportunity to remind all Meigs County registered voters to get out and vote, either at their regular voting precinct on Election Day or at the Meigs County Board of Elections office on Mulberry Heights in Pomeroy prior to Election Day.

She invited those with questions to feel free to call the Meigs County Board of Elections at (740) 992-2697.

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