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Early voting for midterm elections starts Wednesday

By Robert Wang • Oct 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM

If you're not registered and you want to vote in the Nov. 6 congressional midterm election, time is running out. You must be registered in Ohio by Tuesday.

You can register online at the Ohio Secretary of State's website here.

To register online, you need a driver's license or Ohio identification card. If you don't have this identification, then you can register by submitting by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday a completed paper form — the web page has a link — to the county board of elections. You will have to provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.

And you don't have to wait until Nov. 6 to vote. Early voting starts Wednesday.

You can request an absentee ballot be issued to you in person or mailed to you. You can vote and return it to the county board of elections in person or by mail. Or you can vote early in person until the day before the general election on a touchscreen voting machine or by casting an optical scan ballot at the board of elections office.

In-person early voting hours are 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 10 to Friday, Oct. 26 at the Board of Elections office at 180 Milan Ave., Norwalk. The office also will be open for voting from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, as well as from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 and Saturday, Nov. 3; from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4; and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

The Ohio Secretary of State's office mailed all Ohio voters a form they could fill out to request an absentee ballot.

The county board of elections can begin issuing absentee ballots Wednesday.

If you're in the United States and you choose to mail your absentee ballot back to the Board of Elections, it must be postmarked by Nov. 5. If you're not in the country, you must mail the ballot back by Election Day, Nov. 6.

Citizens who aren’t registered already must register to vote or change their name or address by today (Oct. 9) in order to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

You are qualified to register to vote in Ohio if you meet all the following requirements:

• A citizen of the United States

• 18 years old or will be on or before the day of the Nov. 6 general election

• A resident of Ohio at least 30 days before the election

• You aren’t serving a sentence in a prison for a felony

• You haven’t been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court

• You haven’t been permanently disfranchised for violations of the election laws

The board office, 180 Milan Ave. in Norwalk, is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, it iwill open until 9 p.m. today.

Voter registration forms are also available at the Norwalk License Bureau, Huron County Treasurer’s Office, Huron County Department of Job and Family Services, local libraries, at the board of elections website (www.huroncountyboe.com) and the Ohio Secretary of State website, www.ohiosecretaryofstate.gov. If you are just changing your address, you can do that electronically at the secretary of state website.

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