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Ohio, Michigan have March primaries with early and/or absentee ballot voting available

By La Prensa Staff


March 10, 2020: Latino voters have made their voices heard early in the presidential primary with early voting or absentee voting in both Ohio and Michigan for some time.


While most of the presidential politics is focused on the early voting states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the bellweather Midwest may decide who stays and goes.


Michigan’s primary is today with voting for the presidential candidate of choice and for several local issues, while Ohioans vote just one week later—on St. Patrick’s Day—March 17.


Early, in-person voting is underway across Ohio. Increasing numbers are taking advantage of the convenience to avoid long lines on primary voting day. Lucas County is just one of three boards of elections state-wide to designate an early voting center, which is located in the Ohio Means Jobs Building, 1301 Monroe St., Toledo. Other early voting occurs at county boards of elections.


Early voting is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in Ohio. However, early voting also will occur on Saturdays March 7 and 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 1 to 5 p.m., and Monday, March 16, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ohioans also can request an absentee ballot to be cast by mail, but those requests must be made by noon on Saturday, March 14. The deadline for voter registration for the March primary already has passed. Complete information, including an Ohio absentee ballot is available at the Secretary of State website: https://www.sos.state.oh.us/.


This is the first presidential primary election in Michigan where voters can request an absentee ballot for any reason. However, there is no early, in-person voting in Michigan. Absentee ballots must be requested directly from local clerks and returned in person or by mail by 8 p.m. on the day of the primary.


Michigan voters approved Proposal 3 in 2018, which removes any caveats to requesting an absentee ballot. However, registered voters still have to request a Republican or Democratic absentee ballot in order to vote in the presidential primary. There is also a nonpartisan ballot available—but there only will be ballot proposals and no candidates on that ballot.


That doesn’t mean Michigan voters have to register their political party. However, the presidential primary is the only election where voters have to publicly state their political preference and that information becomes a public record. Prior to the 2018 election, voters had to give one of six reasons to be eligible to vote absentee.


Local clerks reported immediate and dramatic absentee voting results when the new law went into effect last year—even doubling and tripling the number of people who voted absentee. The presidential primary is only expected to see those numbers explode even more.


For the traditional voter, March 10 primary voting hours at local polling precincts in Michigan will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Presidential primary voting hours in Ohio run 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.




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