MIAMI COUNTY — The state of Ohio has entered the last two weeks left to get registered to vote for the Nov. 8 Presidential Election. The registration deadline for the election is Oct. 11.
“People should get out and get registered,” Kelly Gillis, chairman of the Miami County Board of Elections, said.
Checking voter registration
The Miami County Board of Elections Office advised residents to check their voter registration status if they have recently changed their name or their address.
People can check on their voter registration status online at:
• Miami County Board of Election’s website at electionsonthe.net/oh/miami
• The Ohio Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.state.oh.us
Currently in Ohio, residents can update their voter registration online, but they cannot register to vote online. Registering to vote online will be available next year.
How to get registered
For now, voter registration forms need to be submitted. Voter registration forms are available to download on the Miami County Board of Elections’ website, the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, and MyOhioVote.com.
People may also use the National Mail Voter Registration form available at www.eac.gov/voter_resources/register_to_vote.aspx.
The Miami County Board of Elections or the Ohio Secretary of State’s office can also mail a voter registration form by request.
According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, residents may obtain a voter registration form and register to vote in person at any of the following locations:
• The office of the Secretary of State
• The office of any of the 88 county boards of elections
• The office of the registrar or any deputy registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
• Public libraries
• Public high schools or vocational schools
• County treasurers’ offices
• Offices of designated agencies, including the Department of Job and Family Services, the Department of Health (including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program), the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Developmental Disabilities, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, or the office of any state-assisted college or university responsible for providing assistance to students with disabilities
Voter registration forms can also be taken or mailed to the Miami County Board of Elections or the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. The Miami County Board of Elections Office is located at the Miami County Courthouse at 215 W. Main St., Troy, OH 45373. The last day that voter registrations can be received is the 30th day before the election at which you want to vote, or Oct. 11.
Early voting and absentee ballots available
In Ohio, residents do not need to provide a reason to request an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested online on the board of elections’ website or the Ohio Secretary of State’s office or by contacting the board of elections office.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Nov. 5 at noon, which is three days before the Presidential Election. Voters can submit their application any time. If mailed, absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 7, in order to be counted. Voters can also return their absentee ballots in person to board of elections before the close of the polls at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8.
Early voting is also set to begin on Oct. 12.
Reach Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336