Absentee Ballot Request Forms for Ohio Primary Election Available at Select Kroger Stores

To vote in the Ohio primary, voters must submit an absentee ballot request to their county board of elections

click to enlarge Kroger on the Rhine - Photo: Mitchell Parton
Photo: Mitchell Parton
Kroger on the Rhine

Stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio has prompted many novel decisions on the part of state officials, including changing the date and altering some of the typical processes for the Ohio Primary Election.

On March 17 — the original slated date for the Ohio primary — Ohio Health Department Director Amy Acton ordered the polls to close just eight hours before voting was to begin, citing the department's powers under the Ohio Revised Code to prevent the spread of disease and fear of the virus' quickly escalating growth.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's initial proposal was to have absentee voting until June 2, followed by in-person voting that day. But the Ohio General Assembly has decided instead that Ohioans will have until April 28 to vote via absentee ballot in the primary. 

For a vote to count in the Ohio primary, mail-in ballots must be dropped off at local boards of election by 7:30 p.m. April 28 or postmarked by April 27 and received by May 8. Votes that have already been cast will count. A small group of voters — those with disabilities and those experiencing homelessness — will be permitted to vote in person.

Under the new law passed unanimously through the state House and Senate, every voter in the state will get a postcard giving instructions on how to obtain an absentee ballot and the deadlines for voting. They will then have to print off or request from their county board of elections an application (by noon on April 25 at the latest in Hamilton County). After the request is received, the state will mail them a ballot and a postage-paid envelope. 

In Hamilton County, you can visit the BOE website (votehamiltoncountyohio.gov) or call 513-632-7000 to have an application mailed to you. There is also a self-serve station in the vestibule of the board office at 4700 Smith Road in Norwood where you can fill out an application. The vestibule is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and has Vote by Mail Applications and Voter Registration Forms.

The Hamilton County Board of Elections (BOE) says, "You must submit an absentee vote-by mail application to receive a ballot in the mail." And only voters who have not already cast a ballot in this year's primary may request one. 

And now Kroger stores have also partnered with the Hamilton County BOE and 12 of grocer's locations will be offering absentee ballot applications are their customer service desks.

“We are pleased to provide applications, the first step for voters who want to receive a ballot by mail, at several Kroger stores in our county,” said Sherry Poland, Hamilton County BOE director, in a release.  

These 12 stores are:

  1.  Anderson: 7580 Beechmont Ave.                      
  2. Cleves: 4001 State Route 128
  3. Delhi: 5080 Delhi Pike                                   
  4. Downtown: 100 E. Court St.
  5. Forest Park: 1212 W. Kemper Road                        
  6. Harrison: 10477 Harrison Road
  7. Hyde Park: 3760 Paxton Road                                 
  8. North College Hill: 7132 Hamilton Road
  9. Northside: 4777 Kenard Ave.                        
  10. Oakley: 4613 Marburg Ave.
  11. Price Hill: 3609 Warsaw Ave.                             
  12. Woodlawn: 10595 Springfield Pike

 Get more information at votehamiltoncountyohio.gov.

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