Board of Elections Announces Changes

POSTED BY: Kelly Choate
Friday, August 10, 2012 - 06:44 PM
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Absentee Ballots

Voters in the buckeye state can now update their addresses online.

Ohio Secretary of State John Husted said the change should help voters meet the requirement of being registered at their current address 30 days before an election.  Muskingum County Board of Elections Director Chris Hamill expects to see other benefits as well.

"It should help with the cost of the office staff to be able to have the ballot just done right through the computer system," said Hamill.  "It should be a cost-saving thing for every board of elections."

The measure should also improve the security of voter rolls and leave less room for fraud.  Hamill said registered voters can expect to receive absentee ballots soon.

"You can have the ballot mailed to your home and you can take your time," said Hamill.  "It's convenient and you don't have to rush on what you want to vote for."

Absentee ballots must be returned to the board of elections before the polls close on Election Day.

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