Thursday, February 26, 2004

Absentee information

Time is running short for Ohioans who can't make it to the polls Tuesday to weigh in on primary races and school levies.

The Hamilton County Board of Elections has received 9,492 requests for absentee ballots, but just 5,372 of them have been returned, Director John Williams said Wednesday. Typically, about 80 percent of ballots requested are returned, he said.

Registered voters in Hamilton County can still request a ballot via mail, fax or hand-delivery to the Board of Elections, 824 Broadway, Cincinnati 45202; fax 744-9038. Requests should include name, address, reason for voting absentee, mailing address and signature.

Ballots are mailed "instantaneously" upon request, Williams said. They must be returned in person or by mail by the close of polls at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Information: 632-7089; Web site.

For absentee voter information elsewhere in Greater Cincinnati:

• Butler County, 315 High St., 10th floor, Hamilton, OH 45011; 887-3700; Web site.

• Clermont County Board of Elections: 76 S. Riverside Drive, Batavia, OH 45103; 732-7275; Web site.

• Warren County Board of Elections: 406 Justice Drive, Room 323, Lebanon, OH 45036; 695-1358; Web site.

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