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2018 Elections * Voter Registration * Early Voting Schedules


ARE YOU READY TO VOTE?

To print out the ECDP sample ballot and voting information,
please visit here.

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Ohio Voter Eligibility and Residency Requirements
NOTE:
17 year olds may register to vote 30 days prior to an election.
If you will be 18 on or before the November 6th, 2018 General Election,
you may vote in the November 6th, 2018 General Election.

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Am I registered at the right address?
Update Your Ohio Voting Address (Online)
Am I registered under my correct name?
Where do I vote?
What do I need to bring with me to vote?
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2018 ABSENTEE/EARLY/MAIL BALLOT REQUESTS 
2018 VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES
2018 ELECTIONS

Monday, January 1, 2018
Applications for absentee/early/mail ballots for
2018 elections may be submitted to Erie County Board of Elections (first day of the year)
To receive your ballot by mail, please print absentee ballot request form.
You MUST submit an absentee ballot request form for EACH election.
Mail form to: Erie County Board of Elections, 2900 Columbus Avenue, Room 101, Sandusky 44870

 

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 
General Election – Early/Absentee Voting Hours


Deadline for Voter Registration for General Election: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
 
(Due to Columbus Day Holiday on Monday, October 8th)
Those voters requesting Ballots By Mail: Ballots will be mailed Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Early/Absentee Voting begins on Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Early/Absentee Voting held at 
Erie County Board of Elections, 2900 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky 44870
For additional information, call Erie County Board of Elections: 419.627.7601

Wednesday, October 10 – Friday, October 12, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 15 – Friday, October 19, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 22 – Friday, October 26, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 29 – Friday, November 2, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 3, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 4, 2018 – 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 5, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.


ALERT:  PURGING OF VOTERS 

Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans were removed from voter registration lists because of inactivity.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted purged voters because they chose not to vote.
In Erie County alone, 9,294 voters were purged in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.  
2,230 Erie County voters are currently in the purge process.
If you choose not to vote in the November 6th, 2018 General Election, you may be purged.
Are you one of the 2,230 to be purged?

To check your voter registration before the next election,
go to Erie County Board of Elections or My Ohio Vote or I Will Vote.

If you arrive at your polling place and cannot be found in the poll book,
thanks to a recent ACLU of Ohio court victory, you may cast a provisional ballot.
Respectfully, but firmly, insist on your right to a provisional ballot.
Read the voter alert with all the information.

If you are unable to vote in person because you have a documented disability that prevents you from appearing at the polls, call the Erie County Board of Elections - 419.627.7601 - right away to request help casting your provisional ballot.

 

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Want to vote in the comfort of your home?
Request your ballot by mail!  You can do so now!

All Ohio voters have the opportunity to vote in the next election from the convenience of their own homes by requesting an absentee ballot. You can request your ballot for, complete and submit a separate application for each electioVote By Mail - Logon in which you want to vote. Your request must be received by your local county board of elections by noon the third day before the election (usually a Saturday). However, you should submit your request as far in advance of the election as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for the board to mail you a ballot and for you to timely return that ballot.

Steps to request and vote an absentee ballot:

  1. Complete the absentee ballot request form.
  2. Once you have completed your application by providing all of the required information print and sign it.
  3. Mail the request form back to your own county board of elections.
  4. Wait to receive your ballot in the mail from your county board of elections. If you have questions about your absentee ballot request, you should call your county board of elections.
  5. Return your voted ballot. You can send it by U.S. Mail or deliver it in person to your county board of elections, but the return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be received by your county board of elections prior to the close of the polls on Election Day, or postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after the election.

Note:   Make sure your ballot is counted!

No voted ballot may be returned to a board of elections by fax or e-mail. No voted ballot may be returned to a voting precinct on Election.  If a voted ballot is returned by fax or e-mail or returned to a voting precinct on Election Day, it will not be accepted, processed, or counted.  

If you mail your ballot back to your board of elections, take your ballot envelope into your local post office, hand it to the postal clerk and ask to have it postmarked.

Early/In-Person Voting

In Ohio, voters have many options to vote. Starting the day after the close of voter registration, all registered voters may request and vote an absentee ballot in person at their county board of elections. Hours for early voting at the Erie County Board of Elections, 2900 Columbus Avenue, Room 101, Sandusky 44870, is posted above.

Other Absentee Ballot Forms:

 

Top 10 reasons to vote

10. It's your right, not a privilege.
Someone paid the price for your right to vote. Use it.

9. It's your community.
Your neighbors, family, friends are depending on you.

8. It's your life.
Even if politics seem far away from you, it affects your daily life -
(i.e. local/state taxes, school levies).

7. It's your education.
From school funding to college grants to job training,
state and federal governments make budget decisions
that have a direct impact on your ability to learn and earn.

6. It's your body.
From policy to reproductive rights,
the wrong government policies can literally cost you your life.

5. It's your job.
A raise in the minimum wage, pay equity,
and the right to a union are all being decided now.

4. It's your environment.
You can vote to invest
in transportation and sustainable energy for our planet.

3. It's your retirement.
Help make sure that Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid
and pension plans will be there for you.

2. It's your voice.
Collective action starts with voting.
Politicians listen to demands from communities with high voter turnout.

1. Your one vote can make a difference.
75 Ohio races have tied or been decided by a one-vote margin
over the past two years.
One mayoral race, two city council races, one road levy
and a local bond issue made up the closest races
in the May 2015 Primary and Special Election.
One race, in North Ridgeville, Ohio, had to be decided
by the Lorain County Board of Elections with a coin flip.

Republicans want you to stay home
as they continue their attempt to keep people from voting.
It is happening right here in Ohio and many other states - read below.
In 22 States, a Wave of New Voting Restrictions 
The American Prospect Magazine | Fall 2014
Ending voter suppression ahead of 2016 
MSNBC

 

Any questions about:

when elections are scheduled
filing as a candidate
filing deadlines
campaign finance report
issues
voting location
registration
updating name/address
other election related topics
please call the Erie County Board of Elections Office:
419.627.7601
or
please visit the Erie County Board of Elections office:
2900 Columbus Avenue, Room 101, Sandusky 44870
or 
please visit the Erie County Board of Elections website:
Erie County Board of Elections