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Voter Registration Deadline Is Tuesday



Persons who wish to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election, which includes the race for U.S. president, must be registered to vote by Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Kandice Lemley, Fulton County Board of Elections deputy director, said for persons who are not registered, forms are available at a number of locations including the board of elections office, public libraries, the county treasurer office, or area schools.

Forms also are available on the Fulton County Board of Elections website, which can be reached through the county website, www.fultoncountyoh.com. The form also is on the Ohio Secretary of State website, www.sos. state.oh.us.

There are two main requirements for voter registration.

First, a person must be 18 years old on or before Election Day.

Lemley said a person can file registration paperwork while still age 17. As long as the person has his 18th birthday on or before Election Day, he can vote in the election.

The other main requirement is a person be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days prior to the election.

Registering to vote can be done by mail. The only identifi cation requirement needed is a driver license number or the last four digits of the person’s social security number.

Other requirements include being a United States citizen, the person may not be incarcerated in a jail or prison or have a felony conviction, and the person may not be prohibited from voting by court order.

Absentee Ballots

Lemley said on Monday, the Fulton County Board of Elections office was busy mailing out 2,100 absentee ballots.

In the 2008 presidential election, there were requests for about 700, she said.

“There’s three times as many,” she said.

Absentee ballots can be requested until Saturday, Nov. 3.

To be counted, the marked absentee ballot must be returned to the Board of Elections by the close of the polls on Election Day.

If the ballot is mailed to the Board of Elections, it must be postmarked no later than the day before the election, and it must be received by the board no later than 10 days after the election.

In-Person Voting

Voters may cast a ballot in person at the Board of Elections office prior to the elecby tion. The process is known as in-person absentee voting, or early voting.

Lemley said registered voters may cast ballots until the close of business the day before the election, Monday, Nov. 5. The Board of Elections office closes at 4 pm.

Starting Monday, Oct. 22, Lemley said the hours at the Board of Elections will change, from the usual 9 am to 4 pm, to 8 am to 7 pm.

The board is waiting for a directive from the Ohio Secretary of State office concerning hours for early voting on the Saturday prior to the election, Nov. 3.

Board officials plan to open the office for early voting from 9 am to noon that day, and again on Monday, Nov. 5, from 9 am to 4 pm.

While some boards of elections in urban areas have opened on Sundays for early voting, Fulton County has never opened on a Sunday, she said.

The Secretary of State office wants all counties to have the same early voting hours the last few days before the election.

Early voting has been a contested issue between John Husted, Secretary of State and a member of the Republican Party, and Ohio Democrats.

The question has gone before the state Supreme Court.



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