Board of Elections: Register to vote


By Lorna Hart - lhart@civitasmedia.com



MEIGS COUNTY — The Meigs Board of Elections reminds residents that the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election is Monday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m.

Voters can still register after the cutoff date to be eligible to vote in future elections, but Oct. 5 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3, 2015 General Election.

Absentee and early voting will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and continue on a daily basis at the Meigs County Board of Elections, located on Mulberry Heights at the Meigs County Annex in Pomeroy.

Registered voters in Meigs County may request and vote an absentee voter’s ballot or provisional ballot in person during business hours. To request an Absentee Application by mail contact the Meigs County Board of Elections at 740-992-2697.

The hours for voting at the Meigs Board of Elections are as follows: Tuesday, Oct. 6 through Friday, October 9, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 13, through Friday, Oct. 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 19 to Friday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. to 7.p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 4 ­p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The last day to vote is Monday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Meigs County Board of Elections will be closed Monday, Oct.12, in observance of Columbus Day, a state holiday.

Absentee ballots are counted before Election Day, according to Ohio law. The ballots are scanned prior to Election Day but not tabulated. The process of scanning can begin 10 days before the election, but the totals are not available until election night, at which time they become part of the “unofficial count.”

Valid absentee ballots that are received after the close of polls on Election Day and have been postmarked by Nov. 2 of the same year through the tenth day after the election are included in the official canvas.

Provisional ballots are not counted until after Election Day, but are included in the official canvas after being certified as valid.

According to the Ohio Board of Elections, a provisional ballot is required if you are an Ohio voter who moved from one Ohio precinct to another Ohio precinct and did not submit your change of address to election officials by the twenty-ninth day before the election. Before a provisional ballot can be included in the official count of an election, the board of elections must confirm the voter’s eligibility to cast the ballot, as well as the validity of the ballot that was cast.

Other reasons for requiring a provisional ballot is if the voter has no identification, refuses to provide identification or if the voter’s right to vote is challenged.

Election Day provisional ballots are sometimes necessary when the voters name does not appear on the official poll list, declines or cannot provide identification at the poll or the poll list shows a request for an absentee ballot.

“The Meigs County Board of Elections is diligently working to take care of the voters in Meigs County and to abide by the Ohio elections laws,” Meigs County Board of Elections Director Becky Johnston said.

They also want to encourage all registered voters in Meigs County to vote, either by going to the polls on Election Day or by voting by absentee ballot prior to Election Day.

For more information, contact the Meigs County Board of Elections at 740-992-2697 or visit www.electionsonthe.net/oh/meigs.

Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.

By Lorna Hart

lhart@civitasmedia.com

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