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Request an absentee ballot now to be able to vote

Voters in Ohio have a relatively short window to adjust to changes made by the General Assembly to our primary election this spring.

Rather than conduct in-person voting June 2, as Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Gov. Mike DeWine had initially hoped, the plan is to do away with in-person voting entirely and instead extend voting by mail until only April 28.

That leaves a relatively small window for those who hope to exercise their right to vote.

Absentee ballot requests may be submitted by downloading the request form at voteohio.gov and mailed into county board of elections offices.

Do that now, folks.

Given the number of requests that SHOULD be made, it could take officials a while to get them all turned around … and then for us to fill out our ballots and get them mailed before April 28.

Do not let an incredibly small number of people make decisions for the rest of us because the rules of the game have changed and we were not nimble enough to adapt. There is a great deal of talk these days about “the new normal,” but there is nothing normal about a statewide primary election that will be conducted entirely by mail.

Our current challenges show us just how much is at stake in choosing our elected officials. Do not let a change in the way … and the time we have to cast our ballots keep you from making your voice heard.

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