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With last month’s Election Day in Ohio delayed by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, there are new rules you need to know for the new date.

Election Day has been extended to April 28. For most of us, that means the vote will be conducted by mail.

Voters need to fill out an absentee ballot by mail application.

You will only be allowed to vote if you request an absentee by-mail ballot. That means voters have to print a form, fill it out and return it to the board no later than April 25, by noon. Voters can also call the board and request an application be mailed to them.

Doing that sooner, rather than later is the best strategy.

After the application is filled out and returned, the board will mail a ballot to the voter’s registered address. That ballot then has to be filled out by the voter and returned.

There are several deadlines for that as well.

If you want to drop off your ballot in person, that can be done at the Board by the close of the polls on Election Day, April 28. If the absentee ballot is returned by mail, it must be postmarked by April 27, and received no later than May 8.

And all of this only applies to you, if you didn’t already cast an early ballot before the March 17 primary was extended.  Those voters who voted early, in-person or by-mail before March 17, they do not need to need to vote again. Those early votes will be counted as part of the final tally.

You can request your absentee ballot by contacting he Fairfield County Board of Elections, or through the Ohio Secretary of State’s website here: https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/voters/