Deadline to register for May 2 primary approaching

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COLUMBUS– The deadline to register to vote in the May 2 Primary and Special Election is on April 3, reminds Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

Voters in 74 counties may have a local race or issue on the ballot this May. A full list of the 307 local issues appearing across Ohio is available here. For information on local races, voters should contact their county board of elections.

Register to vote/update address

For the first time, Ohio voters may go to in order to register online or update an existing registration. Voter registration forms can also be printed from or obtained from a local library or board of elections office.

Military and overseas voting

Early voting for military and overseas voters is already underway. Military voters who have not yet registered to vote or submitted a request for absentee ballots in 2017 may still do so by visiting

Overseas voters can visit There they can download the Federal Post Card Application, register to vote and request an absentee ballot, read through frequently asked questions, track the status of their mailed ballot and sign up for election reminders via email and social media.

Absentee voting by mail, in-person

All Ohio voters may begin voting on April 4, 2017 (first day after the close of registration) using an in-person or mail-in absentee ballot. For more information, visit

Voter toolkit

The online Voter Toolkit is a one-stop location for all necessary voting information. Ohio voters can visit to check their voter registration status, find their polling location, view their sample ballot and track their absentee ballot.

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