By Ben Peters
Athens NEWS Associate Editor
Early in-person voting officially began this week across Ohio, including in Athens County.
Voters who opt not to cast their ballots by mail or those who want to avoid crowds on Election Day can visit the Athens County Board of Elections, 15 S. Court St., to vote early in-person.
Monday was the final day to register to vote in Ohio to participate in the Nov. 3 general election.
To vote by mail, residents must complete a form to request their ballot and mail it back to the Board of Elections.
A ballot should later arrive in voters’ mail from the Board of Elections, which must be postmarked by Nov. 2 and returned no later than Nov. 13 to be counted.
The U.S. Postal Service estimates it could take between two to five days for ballots to arrive at county boards of elections, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s website.
Ballots may also be returned to the Board of Elections in-person, or in the ballot drop box, no later than 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
Below is the Board of Election’s early in-person voting schedule over the next several weeks:
Oct. 6-9, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oct. 12-16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oct. 19-23, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 25, 1-5 p.m.
Oct. 26-30, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 1, 1-5 p.m.
Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.