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Absentee voters need to get ballot by Saturday

With Ohio’s primary next Tuesday, anyone wanting to vote by absentee ballot are reminded that they have until noon on Saturday to request a ballot.

They have until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday to get it to the county board of elections office to be counted.

“Absentee ballots postmarked by May 7 will also be counted, but voters who choose to return their absentee ballot close to the deadline should consider delivering it to their county board of elections’ office to ensure it is counted,” said Ohio Secretary of State John Husted.

Today, Husted said that 220,051 absentee ballots had been requested by mail and in person.

As of April 27, 128,276 Ohio voters had cast their ballots.

Statewide, that is up from four years ago. At the same point in 2014, nearly 183,000 absentee ballots had been requested and nearly 122,000 ballots had already been cast.

In Lawrence County, 659 absentee ballots had been requested and 393 had been cast by last Friday. In 2014, 3,662 people voted by absentee ballot in the county.

On Thursday and Friday, votes can be cast from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Lawrence County Board of Elections. On Saturday, votes can be cast from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. On Sunday, people can vote between 1-5 p.m. and on Monday, they can vote from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

On Tuesday, polls open for voting at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

There is one statewide issue on the ballot about creating a bipartisan, public process to draw up Congressional districts.

In Lawrence County, there are five issues and a tax levy on the ballot.

In Coal Grove, district A, there are five issues dealing with the sale of alcohol. In Proctorville, voters will decide on a 3.3 mill tax levy, which is 33 cents per every $100 of property valuation, to fund police officers’ wages.

In county races on the Democrat ballot, Donald Capper is running unopposed for Common Pleas judge. Robert McCollister is running unopposed for county commissioner and Jason Tolliver is running unopposed for county auditor.

In county races on the Republican ballot, Christen Finley is running for Common Pleas court judge. Colton Copley and Freddie Hayes Jr. are running for county commissioner and Jason Stephens is running for county auditor.