POMEROY — It is time that you make sure you are registered to vote and/or that your registration is up-to-date.
That’s the word from Becky Johnston, director of the Meigs County Board of Elections.
The Board of Elections is encouraging residents of Meigs County to check their voting status. Ohio law does not allow votes to be counted unless they are cast in the correct precinct, according to Johnson, in stressing the importance that the Board of Elections have current information on voters if they want their votes counted.
This year, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office will be sending every voter in Ohio an application to vote by mail (“absentee application”). This mass mailing will be accomplished with two mailings, one in September and the other in October.
Johnson said that local Boards of Election need to have up-to-date information from voters in order for them to get the application. “Thus, it is imperative that anyone wanting to vote this fall, either at the polls or by absentee ballot, get registered or get their current information to the Meigs County Board of Elections sooner rather than later. “
The official cut off date for getting registered to vote is Oct. 9. Registering to vote prior to that time will insure that you receive an absentee application from the secretary of state’s office.
Johnson explained that registering to vote, or updating your information is easy. She said a person can request a voter registration form from the Meigs County Board of Elections website at www.electionsonthe.net, then click on Meigs County, or can call the Board of Elections office at (740) 992-2697 to request the registration form or to get answers to any questions they might have. She said the staff is eager to answer any questions people might have. “This year promises to be an exciting election, and we urge all who wish to participate to do so,” the director concluded.