September 29, 2008
Batavia, Ohio. You don’t have to stand in long lines to cast your ballot on Election Day; beginning Tuesday, September 30, registered voters across Ohio can vote early by way of an absentee ballot, without giving any reason as was required in the past. There have been predictions that a third of voters across the country will opt to vote absentee. “Here in Clermont County, we expect around 20,000 of the county’s 131,000 voters to take advantage of the absentee voting process,” said Clermont County Board of Elections Director Judy Miller. “It’s a convenient way to cast your ballot, and you can fill it out in the comfort of your own home.”
To vote absentee, you must first submit an absentee application to the Clermont County Board of Elections office, located at 76 South Riverside Drive in Batavia; you can request one be sent to you by calling 732-7275, or you can download an application at www.ClermontElections.org.
The absentee applications must be received by noon on November 1, 2008. There is an exception for medical emergencies; that information is detailed on the Clermont Board of Elections Web site.
You can also vote at the Board of Elections Office through November 3, 2008 at 4:30 p.m.
On Election Day, polls will be open in Ohio from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. A sample ballot and a listing of ballot issues are available on the Clermont Board of Elections Web site. The League of Women Voters offers a downloadable Presidential Election voter’s guide and additional voting information at www.lwv.org.
For additional information about this or other county news, contact Clermont County Communications Director Kathy Lehr at (513) 732-7597 or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.