Voting season is officially underway in Ohio for the November general election.
The Secretary of State's office said more than 9,700 ballots statewide, including 51 from Muskingum County for military and overseas voters were sent out Saturday.
Under state and federal law, Ohio's County Boards must send ballots 45 days ahead of the general election to military and overseas voters who have requested them
Muskingum County Board of Elections Director Chris Hamill said there is still plenty of time to request an absentee ballot.
"If you're wanting an application for an absentee ballot, you can call our office if you have not received one yet from the Secretary of State.," said Hamill. "We'll be more than happy to mail an application to you. You can request those applications clear up through November 3rd at noon."
Ballots for all other absentee voters will begin going out October 2nd.
Boards can continue to send military and overseas ballots as they receive requests.
Hamill said those still needing to register to vote or change their address can still do so, but says time is running out.
"If you're working to change your address or register for this November's election, you must do that by October 9th," added Hamill. "You can visit our website and change your address, but if you're not registered in the county then you need to fill a registration form and send that to us."
Ohio is among the states considered critical in the race between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.