Early voting hours for the Nov. 6 general election will begin in Summit County in the upcoming week.
Registered voters will be able to cast in-person absentee ballots at the Summit County Board of Elections, 500 Grant St., Akron, starting on Oct. 10.
In-person early voting will occur at the board of elections office on the following dates and times:
• Oct. 10-12, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
• Oct. 15-19, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
• Oct. 22-26, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
• Oct. 27, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.;
• Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.;
• Nov. 3, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.;
• Nov. 4, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; and
• Nov. 5, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Registered voters who wish to do absentee voting by mail must fill out an absentee ballot application. That application can be accessed on the board of elections’ website at www.summitcountyboe.com. Completed applications should be mailed to: The Summit County Board of Elections, 470 Grant St., Akron, OH 44311-1157. Voters can also fill out the application in-person at the board office.
Anyone wishing to vote by mail must provide the following information and/or be aware of the election rules:
• Name and voting residence address;
• birth date;
• One form of identification. This may include Driver’s License number, last four digits of a Social Security Number, a copy of current and valid photo identification, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address, other than a notice of election or notice of voter registration.;
• Election in which they wish to vote;
• If the election is a primary, the voter should declare their party affiliation or ask for an issues-only ballot;
• The mailing address where the ballot should be sent;
• A statement attesting that the voter is a qualified elector;
• The voter’s original signature is required;
• Under Ohio law, absentee voting begins 29 days prior to an election;
• Voters should request an absentee ballot as early as possible in order to meet the return deadline;
• Mail-in applications must be received by noon on the Saturday prior to the election the voter wishes to vote in.
• The Board of Elections cannot accept faxed absentee requests. They must be mailed.
• The last day for absentee voting is the Monday prior to Election Day at 2 p.m.
• Absentee ballots should not be dropped off at the voter’s polling location. They will not be counted.
• All ballots must be postmarked the day before the election and received within 10 days after Election Day.
According to the board of elections’ website, voters who are mailing in an absentee ballot must meet these time frames to ensure that their ballot will be counted:
• For voters living within the U.S. who return their ballot by mail, the ballot must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after election day.
• For voters living outside the U.S. on Election Day, their ballot must be signed or postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after election day.
• For armed service members living out of the country, their ballot must be signed on or before the close of the polls and received by the board no later than 10 days after election day.
On Nov. 6, polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The board of elections is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 330-643-5200.