Election Officials Preparing Absentee Ballots

by WHIZ Reporter on July 16, 2012 at 6:30 am

Election Officials are telling those who plan to vote absentee in November to make sure their information is current.

Voters wanting to get absentee ballots by mail on a timely basis for the November election have until July 31st to make sure their voter registration is up to date.

Muskingum County Board of Elections Director Chris Hamill said only those who have recently moved or changed their names need to update their information.

"If you’re wanting one, you need to make sure that your voter record at the Board of Elections is updated, if you have any change of addresses, we need to have that updated in our office," said Hamill.

A spokeswoman for Ohio’s Secretary of State said absentee ballot applications will be mailed to all of Ohio’s registered voters starting after Labor Day which will give them the option to vote by mail.

In Muskingum County, Hamill believes the number of absentee ballots will go up this year.

"The last Presidential Election in 2008, we saw 14,000 so I think this is going to make it easier, for the voters too, once they get their application in the mail to fill it out and mail it in to us. It’ll be much easier for the voter to have the application come to their home," added Hamill

The Executive Director for the Ohio Association of Election Officials believes that the expected increase will mean that the workload for election boards will shift from Election Day to the weeks leading up to it.