Monday, October 12, 2020

Early Voting in Ohio has Started!

While you can only vote once, you don’t have to wait until Election Day to vote. Early or absentee or mail-in voting starts on October 6. The League of Women Voters of Darke County in cooperation with the Darke County Board of Elections wants you to have the facts.

Election Day is November 3, with voting hours of 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM at your polling place.

Early voting is in-person option at the Darke County Board of Elections, 300 Garst Ave.  Showing your I.D. and voting on the electronic voting machines like you would at your regular polling place is what you can expect when you go to vote at the hours shown in the photo between October 6 and ending November 2 at 2 PM.  

Early voting is also done by mail-in or absentee voting and starts October 6.  Since 2012, Ohio has mailed absentee ballot request forms to registered voters in every even-year general election. Only after your application is verified by the bipartisan teams at the Darke County Board of Elections is a ballot mailed to a voter. If you did not receive an absentee ballot request form, you can print one by going on-line to or by calling the Darke County Board of Elections office at 937-548-1835.

To help avoid potential processing delays, doublecheck the information on your request. Review your absentee ballot request ensure you have filled it out properly and entirely, including writing the appropriate date, providing your required identifying information, and signing the form.

For the first time in a general election, the Darke County Board of Elections will be calling or e-mailing voters who may need to remedy information on their ballot request form or absentee ballot envelope. Including your phone and e-mail information will ensure you can be reached in a timely manner if your ballot request doesn’t have everything filled out properly. Once your request is received by the Darke Co Board of Elections, you may track your ballot at

After you receive your absentee ballot and vote that ballot, you must return it to the Board of Elections, 300 Garst Ave., Greenville, OH  45331, either to the office or the drop-box outside of the office by the deadline of 7:30 PM on November 3. Alternatively, you can mail the ballot but it must be postmarked by November 2, the day before the election, and received within 10 days after Election Day to be counted. Because of processing at the Board of Elections and the time necessary for the United States Postal Service to deliver elections mail, please don’t procrastinate.  Additionally, your voted absentee ballot cannot be accepted at your traditional polling place on Election Day because it will not be received at the Board of Election’s office by the deadline. 

The non-partisan League of Women Voters Darke County works towards voter education. Please call your local Darke County Board of Elections office with any questions at 937-548-1835.

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