ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Absentee ballots for the May 6 primary election are still available to Ohio voters.
Local county boards of election office will be open to accommodate voters seeking an absentee ballot to take with them, to vote an in-person absentee ballot at the office, and to handle voter registration issues.
Residents needing to register to vote, or to update their registration with a name, party affiliation or address change, must do so by 9 p.m. Monday. If proper changes are made by that time, voters can avoid voting a provisional ballot on Election Day.
Voters can address voter registration needs at their county board of elections office, or at the website MyOhioVote.com.
All election board offices in Ohio will be open at the following times on these dates for in-person absentee voting:
8 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Monday, April 7 (last day for voter registration changes)
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Tuesday, April 8 through Friday, April 11.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Monday, April 14 through Friday, May 2
8 a.m. to noon. - Saturday, May 3 (last day to request an absentee ballot)
Voters have until the close of the polls at 7:30 p.m. on May 6 to return their ballots to their county board of election.
Belmont County Director of Elections William Shubat hopes residents will vote early and utilize their option to cast an absentee ballot.
"It's easy to come here and vote," he said. "You fill out the absentee ballot application, you turn it in, and make you ballot. Then you can go into a booth and vote here, or take the ballot home with you."
A voter driving to the polls will incur the costs of driving to the polls and back, Shubat said.
"And if there are not lines, maybe there is bad weather. When you vote in your own home, the quietness is there and you have the time to digest the issues and make a decision.