As Ohioans prepare to “spring forward” this weekend, Secretary of State Jon Husted is encouraging voters to plan ahead and include updating their voter registration information as part of their Daylight Savings Time to-do list.
In addition to setting clocks ahead an hour and replacing smoke detector batteries, all Ohioans should check their voter registrations and change their addresses (if necessary).
Madison County residents who want to vote must be registered by April 7. The first day to vote is April 1. Residents may check to verify they are registered by calling the board of elections office, (740) 852-9424, or going to the board website and clicking the “Am I Registered” link.
The residents one-stop voter information website is www.MyOhioVote.com.
This five-minute task will ensure voters are able to participate in this year’s elections with ease.
“We have worked to make Ohio’s voting experience as convenient as possible, but voters still have a responsibility to ensure their personal information is up-to-date,” Secretary Husted said. “By taking just a few minutes to update their voter registration, our state’s electorate will be supporting our ongoing mission to ensure it remains easy to vote and hard to cheat in Ohio.”
Updated voter registrations enable voters to cast a regular ballot on Election Day as opposed to a provisional ballot, said Husted. “In fact, the most common reason for voters being required to vote provisionally is because they have moved and not updated their address for voting purposes,” he said.
By ensuring their information at the board of elections is up-to-date now, voters can request an absentee ballot to vote by mail or go to the polls on Election Day or during the hours for early in-person voting without any hassle.
Ohio voters planning to go to the polls to vote in the May 6 Primary Election should have their voting information updated no later than the voter registration deadline on April 7.
The General Election will take place on Nov. 4 and some communities may choose to place local issues on the ballot this summer as part of the Aug. 5 Special Election.
While local election officials are urging residents to get prepared, they are confident they will be.
“We’ve done this enough times, it is a breeze for us,” Tim Ward, director of the Madison County Board of Elections, said earlier this year. “We’ve got an entire calendar put together as to what we have to get done and when. As long as we keep up with that, we are in good shape.”
Mark Erbaugh, deputy director of the Madison County Board of Elections, said he needs about 100 workers and hopes to have 25 alternates.
“I definitely still need poll workers,” Erbaugh said. “My biggest need is for people to step up and be presiding judges.”
Presiding judges must belong to the party that particular precinct supported for governor in the last election. Of Madison County’s 27 precincts, 26 need Republican presiding judges. Only London Ward 3 voted for the Democrat.
Precinct election officials are paid around $110. Presiding judges are paid more. Individuals do not need to work in the precinct they live in.
And if individuals want to help?
“The easiest thing would probably be just to call me,” said Erbaugh, who can be reached at the board of elections office at (740) 852-9424.
For more information about what’s on the ballot or to download a voter registration form, visit www.MyOhioVote.com.