LIMA — Extended hours for in-person absentee voting in all Ohio counties will be in effect starting Saturday and continuing until Monday, Nov. 2.
This weekend and next, all boards of elections will be open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. During the week of Oct. 26-30, absentee ballots may be cast at election board offices between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Absentee in-person voting will end on at 2 p.m. Nov. 2, the day before the general election.
Voters who have requested an absentee ballot will not be eligible to cast a regular ballot on Election Day. Individuals who requested a ballot but have not received one by mail may vote at the board of elections office prior to Nov. 3.
People who have an absentee ballot are encouraged by board officials to return it to the board of elections office in their respective counties or to deposit it in the drop box located just outside those offices.
According to officials at the Allen County board of elections, voters who are still considering requesting an absentee ballot should drop off their applications by this weekend to help ensure there is enough time to receive the ballot so that it can voted and returned on time.
All absentee ballots by mail must be postmarked by Nov. 2 or returned by hand to the board office or drop box prior to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
Absentee voters can check their absentee ballot status on the websites of the board of election offices in their respective counties.