Early voting, either by absentee ballot, or in-person voting at county elections board offices, has proven to be a very popular option for the Nov. 3 general election. Early voting began Oct. 6 in Ohio and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has reported higher than usual turnouts thus far, as have local elections officials in both Jackson County and Vinton County.

Early voting will continue in the days and weeks leading up to Election Day. In the coming week (Oct. 19-23), the extended hours for in-person voting at elections board offices in all 88 Ohio counties will be extended as offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each week day to accommodate early in-person voting. Extended hours will also be offered for the weekends of Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

The remaining schedule for early in-person voting at county elections offices are as follows:

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Monday, Oct. 19 – Friday, Oct. 23;

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Saturday, Oct. 24;

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Sunday, Oct. 25;

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Monday, Oct. 26 – Friday, Oct. 30;

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Saturday, Oct. 31; 

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Sunday, Nov. 1; and

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Monday, Nov. 2 is the end of early voting in the office.

As of Oct. 6, absentee ballots were being mailed out from every elections board office. In Jackson County, absentee ballots may be returned to the Board Office and placed in the Black Ballot Return Box in front of the Board Office or brought into the office until Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. If they are mailed back, they must be postmarked by the Post Office by midnight Monday, Nov. 2. Voters should make sure they have adequate postage on their ballots being mailed back to the elections office. The last day to request a mailed absentee ballot is Oct. 31 by 12 p.m.

The Jackson County Board of Elections office is located at 275 Portsmouth St., Suite 2, Jackson, and the Vinton County Board of Elections office is inside the Vinton County Community Building, located at 31935 State Route 93, McArthur.