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August 8th Special Election is Almost Here, Heres What You Need to Know


Election Day is August 8, and although State Issue 1 is the only issue appearing on the ballot, that isn’t the only thing you need to know as your local Board of Election offices are also keeping busy preparing for the November municipal elections.

Below you will find useful information about upcoming election activities at Pickaway County Board of Elections, much of the deadline information applies to all counties (* identifies Pickaway County specific information).

Early voting for the August 8, Special Election

  • The final opportunity to vote early in person is today, Sunday August 6th, from 1pm – 5pm at the Board of Elections Office located at 141 West Main Street in Circleville, Ohio.*
  • Voters who have not yet returned their ballots must have it returned to our office by Tuesday at 7:30pm for it to be counted on election night. It must be postmarked by Monday, August 7th, and returned to our office by noon on Saturday, August 12th, in order to be counted for the official count.
  • There is no longer early voting on the Monday before election day.

Election Day for the August 8, Special Election

  • All seventeen polling locations in Pickaway County will be open on Tuesday August 8th, from 6:30am – 7:30pm.*
  • South Bloomfield voters will notice that for this election only their polling location is in the shelter house building at the front of the park, rather than the municipal building in the back of the park. There will be signs indicating this change.*
  • Only voters who have not updated their address information are permitted to vote in the Board of Elections Office on Election Day; all others will be directed to their assigned polling place.
  • All in person voters must show a valid and current photo ID to cast a ballot (a driver’s license, state ID card, or interim ID form issued by the Ohio BMV; a US passport or passport card; or a US military ID card, Ohio National Guard ID card, or US Department of Veterans Affairs ID card). Utility bills and paychecks are no longer acceptable.
  • Election Night results will be posted as votes come in from the polling locations (*Pickaway results can be found here, https://www.boe.ohio.gov/pickaway/c/elecres/20230808results.pdf )
  • All ballots cast during early voting will be the first reported numbers shortly after the polls close at 7:30pm.
  • All election night numbers are unofficial since there are still ballots that may be returned through the mail until August 12th, and there are provisional ballots that need inspected and counted as well. This is a process for all counties in the state.

Provisional Voters for the August 8, Special Election

  • Voters who have moved, changed their name, or are unable to provide an up to date valid ID will vote a “provisional ballot”.
  • Provisional ballots allow the office to verify that the voter was registered somewhere in the state of Ohio before the registration deadline cutoff and the voter did not cast a ballot in any other method anywhere else in the state of Ohio.
  • If no valid ID was presented on election day, the voter has until noon on Saturday August 12th, to show a valid physical ID at the Board of Elections office for their vote to be counted.
  • If the voter meets the above criteria then the ballot will be accepted by the board and added to the official counts. These ballots will also update the voters information or register them for future elections.

Candidates Running for Office in the November 7, General Election

  • The filing deadline for a candidate to be eligible to appear on the General Election ballot is August 9th, 4pm.
  • Current listings of petitions that have been pulled and filed in Pickaway County can be found here https://lookup.boe.ohio.gov/vtrapp/pickaway/cfis.aspx and will be updated on August 16th, after the board has voted to certify or reject the filed petitions. *

Early voting for the November 7, General Election

  • Absentee Applications are being accepted now for voters who would like to vote in the upcoming General Election.
  • Absentee Applications can be printed from here, https://www.ohiosos.gov/globalassets/elections/forms/11-a_english.pdf or you may call our office to have one mailed to you.
  • Ballots for the General Election will begin to be mailed October 11th.

* – Pickaway County Specific Information

The most common questions asked at the Board of Elections office are “Am I registered to vote?”, “Does the board of elections have my current address/name?”, “What will my ballot look like?”, and “Where do I vote on election day?”. All these answers can be found here, https://lookup.boe.ohio.gov/vtrapp/pickaway/vtrlookup.aspx# to find out, or voters may call the board of elections office at 740-474-1100.

For more election updates, such as voter turnout and upcoming deadlines, be sure to follow the board of elections facebook page (search Pickaway County Board of Elections) or check out their website at https://www.boe.ohio.gov/pickaway/ .