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2020 Voting Cycle Schedule



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Monday, January 1, 2020
Applications for absentee/early/mail ballots for
2020To 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 or drop off at:
Erie County Board of Elections, 2900 Columbus Avenue, Room 101, Sandusky 44870


Voter Registration Deadline for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Primary Election:
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Erie County Board of Elections | 8:00am–9:00pm


Requested Ballots by Mail for Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Primary Election
will be mailed Wednesday, February 19, 2020
(first day after Voter Registration deadline).
You may mail your ballot back to the Erie County Board of Elections
NOTE: Ensure your ballot has the proper amount of postage on it AND it receives a valid postmark.
Suggest you take your ballot envelope INTO the post office for clerk to handle postage and postmark.

Or you may personally return your ballot to the Erie County Board of Elections during Early Voting Hours or
no later than Tuesday, March 17, 2020, by 7:30pm when polls close on Election Day.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Primary Election Day 

Deadline for Voter Registration for Primary Election:
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Erie County Board of Elections | 8:00am–9:00pm
Those voters requesting Ballots By Mail for Primary Election:
Ballots will be mailed Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Early/Absentee Voting begins on Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Early Voting Hours:

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 – Friday, February 21, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, February 24, 2020 – Friday, Friday, February 28, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, March 2, 2020 – Friday, Friday, March 6, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 7, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Monday, March 9, 2020 – Friday, March 13, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 2020 – 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, March 16, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Did you request and/or receive your ballot by mail?
Check here for updates on your ballot by mail.
You may drop off your ballot by mail at the Erie County Board of Elections
during the times listed above.


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Even though it is your right to decide when you want to vote,
hundreds of thousands of Ohioans were removed - and are set to be removed - from
voter registration files at local county boards of elections because of inactivity.

Former Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) purged voters because they chose not to vote.
In Erie County alone, 9,294 voters were purged in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.  
Husted continued his purging process in 2019 as an additional 1,112 Erie County voters 
were purged if you choose not to vote in the November 6th, 2018 General Election.
Were you one of the 10,406 voters purged in Erie County?

Now current Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) continued purging voters.
Another 2,300+ Erie Countians are scheduled to be purged on September 6, 2019,
by the Erie County Board of Elections unless they contact the office.
Once purged, these Ohioans will be required to re-register to vote in 2020.
Are you one of the 2,300+ voters scheduled to be purged in Erie County?

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

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

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 the Erie County Board of Elections. If you have questions about your absentee ballot request, you should call the Erie County Board of Elections.
  5. Return your voted ballot. You can send it by U.S. Mail or deliver it in person to the Erie County Board of Elections, but the return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be received by the Erie 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 seven (7) 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.

NOTE: You can check to ensure your ballot was received and will be counted by your board of elections. Please visit here. If any questions about your ballot, please contact the Erie County Board of Elections: 419.627.7601.

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.

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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 

Any questions about:

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