POMEROY — The November election is quickly approaching and would-be voters have two weeks left to register.
Voter registration will officially close as of Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. in order to vote in the Nov. 8 election. Voters who need to update their address may do so by visiting myohiovote.com.
Absentee voting and/or early voting begins on Oct. 12 and will continue on a daily basis at the Meigs County Board of Elections through Nov. 7.
The hours for early and absentee voting are as follows: Oct. 12-14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 17-21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 24-28, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Oct. 29, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Oct. 30, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Nov. 7, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; with the last day to vote being Monday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Any registered voter in the county may request and vote an absentee ballot (or provisional ballot beginning Oct. 12) in person during these business hours. Registered voters may also call the Meigs County Board of Elections at 740-992-2697 to request an absentee application to have an absentee ballot by mail.
“There seems to be a lot of confusion as to when the absentee ballots are counted. Contrary to popular belief, these ballots are actually processed prior to Election Day according to Ohio Law. The ballots are scanned prior to Election Day (this process can begin 10 days before the election), but not tabulated. This means that the totals are NOT available until election night. Absentee voters are a part of the “unofficial count” on election night. Valid absentee ballots that are received after the close of polls on Election Day (postmarked by Nov. 7, 2016) through the tenth day after the election are included in the official canvas,” stated a news release from the Meigs County Board of Elections.
Provisional ballots are the ballots that do not get counted until after Election Day, but are included in the official canvas if certified as valid. Voting a provisional ballot means that the voter has moved within the county and changed their voting precinct or has moved from another county in the State of Ohio. If the voter has requested an absentee ballot, has no identification, refuses to provide identification or if the voter’s right to vote is challenged are just a few more reasons that a provisional ballot is required.
The Board of Elections Office is now located at 113 E. Memorial Dr., Pomeroy, Ohio 45769. The office is closed on Monday, Oct. 10 in observance of Columbus Day.