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9/24/2012 9:47:00 AM
Ballots for military, overseas voters go out

COLUMBUS — Secretary of State Jon Husted announced today that ballots for military and overseas voters will go out tomorrow, September 22, 2012, for the November general election.  Absentee voting for all other voters begins on Oct. 2.

“Our military and overseas voters are the first wave as Ohioans begin voting in the 2012 Presidential Election,” Secretary Husted said. “The Secretary of State’s office and our county boards of elections are on hand to ensure these voters are able to receive their ballots no matter where they are in the world.”

Under state and federal law, county boards must mail, e-mail or fax absentee ballots to registered military and overseas voters who have requested them on Saturday, September 22 -- 45 days ahead of the general election. From there on, boards will continue to send military and overseas ballots as they receive requests and in the manner requested. While ballots can be sent electronically, completed ballots must be signed and returned by mail.

Military voters who have not yet registered to vote or submitted a request for an absentee ballot may still do so by visitingwww.OhioMilitaryVotes.comand/or www.OhioVoterPassport for overseas voters. There they can download the Federal Post Card Application and/or get more information on how to participate in the election. They may also contact theircounty board of elections directly.

The deadline to register to vote is October 9, 2012. Requests for absentee ballots from already- registered voters must be received by county boards of elections no later than noon on November 3, 2012, but should be sent as soon as possible to allow adequate time for processing, mailing and the return of the voted ballots.

Get Elections Updates and Ohio’s Virtual Voting Sticker

Military and overseas voters are also encouraged to link with “OhioSOSHusted” on Facebook and Twitter to get elections information and updates throughout the year.  Here they can also get a virtual voting sticker badge to let their friends and followers know they’ve participated in the election. Facebook users simply need to “like” Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s official Facebook page to “wear” a virtual sticker on their wall. Twitter users may share their voting badge by visiting the Secretary of State’s website.

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