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Board taking requests for primary ballots

Due to the restrictions around the coronavirus, Ohio will have a nearly all-mail primary election on Tuesday April 28.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank Larose will be mailing postcards to voters next week with instructions on how to obtain the ballot.

These will instruct voters to go to VoteOhio.gov, where they can print and fill out the vote-by-mail ballot request form, sign it, affix postage and mail it to your county board of elections.

Tony Bradshaw, deputy director of the Lawrence County Board of Elections says voters need to fill out all relevant areas, including if they have a different mailing address or are staying away from home.

She said voters should indicate which political party they want a ballot from, or they can check “issues only,” if they do not want a party ballot and only want to vote on ballot issues.

The request form can mailed to the board of elections at 111 S. Fourth St., Ironton, OH 45638.

Bradshaw said requests will be processed and mailed in the order in which they are received.

She said voters will then receive their ballot, which will include a postage paid envelope.

Ballots must be postmarked by April 27, the day before the election.

Bradshaw said there will also be a box at the courthouse, which will be secure and fastened to the ground, in which voters may drop off ballots until 7:30 p.m. on the April 28 election day.

Bradshaw said all ballots will be counted that night and unofficial results released. Provisional ballots would then be examined and counted before the final canvass in the following week, as is usual procedure.