Mar 24, 2013

Special Election Absentee Voting begins April 2; Registration Deadline Approaching

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Board of Elections will be conducting absentee voting for the upcoming May 7, 2013 Special Election beginning April 2. Issues on the ballot include tax levies for Liberty Township, Marion Local School District and Mississinawa Valley Local School District. Pursuant to the change in Section 3509 of the Ohio Revised Code, any registered voter who chooses to vote absentee, can do so without the prior restricted eligibility requirements. However, with that change, there are other requirements that a voter must meet.

The application must include the name, voter residence address, voter's birth date, plus one of the following — an Ohio driver's license number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, or a copy of a current and valid photo identification, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address, along with applicant's signature, election for which the ballots are requested and, if a partisan primary election, the voter's political party affiliation.

The request can be made on a standard Application for Absent Voter's Ballot, which is provided upon request from the Board office, or a written request from the voter with the necessary information.

The deadline for mail-in applications remains noon on the third day before the Election, Saturday, May 4. The final day to vote absentee in the board of elections office will be May 4 at noon.

(R.C. 3509.03, 3511.02) If a voter, or voter's minor child, is hospitalized because of an accident or medical emergency, the voter may apply for an absentee ballot until 3 p.m. on Election Day. Any person confined in a hospital on Election Day, or those parents who have hospitalized children on Election Day, may apply to vote absentee without regard to the length of the hospital stay. Those confined to the hospital or are otherwise disabled or suffer a physical infirmity may request assistance in marking their ballot. Two election workers will come to the voter, assist them in marking the ballot and return the voted ballot to the Board office. This service is for CONFINED ABSENTEE VOTERS WHO ARE UNABLE TO MARK THEIR BALLOTS BY REASON OF EITHER ILLITERACY OR PHYSICAL INFIRMITY ONLY. Assistance is available at the board office as needed also.

Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Completed ballots must be returned to the Board of Elections in person or via a method other than U S mail before the close of the polls, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2013 to be counted. Absentee ballots returned by U.S. mail from within the United States must be postmarked no later than May 6 and received in our office by May 17. There must be a legible postmark stamped on the envelope. The only exception is, if the voter is outside of the United States on Election Day, the ballot envelope must be postmarked prior to the close of the polls and received by the board no later than 10 days after the election.

Any questions regarding this information or requests for assistance in absentee voting may call the office at 548-1835 during the above stated hours or contact them by email at darkeohiosecretaryofstate.gov.

Deadline to register to vote in special election is April 8 

GREENVILLE – Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 3501.10, the Darke County Board of Elections will remain open until 9 p.m. on April 8, the last day to be registered in order to vote in the upcoming Special Election to be held Tuesday, May 7. Issues on the ballot include tax levies for Liberty Township, Marion Local School District and Mississinawa Valley Local School District.

Registration forms are available at the Board office, 300 Garst Ave., Greenville, Darke County Courthouse in the Treasurer's Office, any public library and the License Bureau on Wagner Avenue in Greenville. Questions should be directed to the Board of Elections during normal office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 548-1835. The Board urges those who wish to check on their status as a voter to call before the April 8, 2013 deadline.

The Board also encourages anyone who has moved since they last voted and not changed their residence address with the Board, to do so before the registration deadline. Doing so is beneficial to the voter and the Board of Elections so that all voter information is current and correct on Election Day.


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