Many Ohioans have been assigned a new polling location for the March 17 primary election, and voters are urged to use the state’s search tool to determine their correct polling place.
The change to nearly 150 polling locations is due to recent coronavirus concerns. The locations are within nursing homes, and Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced the changes in order to limit public contact with vulnerable senior citizens.
The changes include 36 locations in Cuyahoga County, 26 others in Hamilton County and another 16 in Franklin County. There are others scattered in rural and small-town areas throughout the state.
The following is an interactive map of the 144 polling places with a changed location for the upcoming primary. If known, the new polling location is provided by clicking on each point.
The Ohio Secretary of State’s office has been updating the list of affected locations on a new website, ohiosos.gov/coronafacts.
However, in some cases, announcements by various county boards of elections regarding their local polling changes have not been included in the statewide list. The Capital Journal has utilized both state and county sources to develop the most up-to-date list.
LaRose is urging Ohio voters to either vote early or search for their polling location to determine exactly where they should vote on March 17.
There are several ways Ohioans can vote early. Absentee ballots can be requested up until three days before Election Day. They must be postmarked by the day before the election in order to be counted, or can be dropped off to the county board of elections office before 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
Early in-person voting is available at each of the 88 county boards of elections offices with the following schedule:
- Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday, March 14: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday, March 15: 1-5 p.m.
- Monday, March 16: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. Read more Ohio Capital Journal stories here.