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Would you like to vote early by mail?

In Ohio you can skip the polls and the hassle on Election Day by voting early from the comfort of your home, researching each race or candidate at your own pace with the ballot in front of you.

The process is very easy and only requires a little bit of postage.

First, you need to obtain the absentee voting application.  If you have a printer at home or work you can download the application form from here as a PDF document, and print it.

If you do not have a way to print the application form I will be more than happy to hand deliver one or more to your newspaper chute.    You can either use the Contact Form to send me a message asking for one, or leave me a voicemail at 216-236-3928 (or text) with your address and I'll drop off as many as yo uneed.  (The libraries may have copies readily available as well)

Once your have the application form...

  1. Complete the form and sign it just as you would sign at the polls.  The next election is a General Election held on November 5th, 2019. (The form asks this).

  2. Mail the form back to the Summit County Board of Elections (stamp and envelope required) as soon as you can. You can mail this up to 90 days prior to the election.  Send it to:

    Summit County Board of Elections
    470 Grant Street
    Akron, Ohio 44311

  3. You should receive a return ballot within a week or less.

  4. Complete your ballot as soon as possible.  When voting for the race for Macedonia City Council you may choose up to two of the four listed candidates.  However, if nobody else in this race has earned your vote you do have the option of choosing to vote just for Jeff Garvas.  It is entirely your choice, but voting just for me helps my chances exponentially.

  5. Return your voted ballot. You can send it by U.S. Mail or deliver it in person to your county board of elections, but the return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be received by your county board of elections prior to the close of the polls on Election Day, or postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after the election.
  6. To make sure your absentee ballot is counted, it must be received by the board of elections by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day OR be postmarked by the day before Election Day.

    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) estimates that it may take two to five days for your voted absentee ballot to be delivered to your board of elections by mail.

    If you are returning your voted ballot during the week before Election Day, you should take it to USPS no later than the day before Election Day and ensure it receives a postmark as follows:

    • If you use a postage label purchased at a USPS customer service window or vending machine, the date on the label is the postmark. This is the USPS-recommended way to postmark your ballot.

    • If you use postage stamps, ask that it be postmarked.

  7. Either use the appropriate amount of postage as described above, or hand deliver your ballot to 470 Grant St, in Akron, Ohio. Be sure to send the ballot back as soon as possible to ensure that it arrives in time to be postmarked and counted.

Be sure to understand that when you return the actual ballot the postage required is more than your typical first class stamp.  If you take your sealed envelope to any Post Office they will let you purchase the exact postage necessary to mail back your ballot.

It's that simple.

Voting early in person...

If you'd like to vote early in person you can do so at the Summit County Board of Elections at 470 Grant St in Akron, Ohio.   Starting October 8th in-person voting hours are 8am until 5pm during weekdays (not including Columbus Day).  Starting October 28th hours are 8am through 7pm until November 4th, which is 8am until 2pm.  The following day is election day.

Call the Board of Elections at 330-643-5200 with any questions about early voting.

Paid For By Garvas for Council
Jeff Garvas, Treasurer
9821 Firestone Ln, Macedonia, OH. 44056
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