Early voting for Cincinnati mayor begins August 6

Jul 24, 2013

Early voting for the September 10 Cincinnati mayoral primary begins on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Persons who want to cast early absentee ballots can find applications at the Hamilton County Board of Elections website. They are also available at public libraries in Cincinnati and at the board of elections offices.

In-person early voting at the board offices at 824 Broadway downtown will begin the same day.

Four candidates are on the ballot for the Sept, 10 Cincinnati mayoral primary - two Democrats, Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and former council member John Cranley, libertarian Jim Berns and independent Queen Noble.

The top two finishers will face each other in the November general election to replace Mayor Mark Mallory, who is prevented from running for re-election by Cincinnati's term limits law.

Elections director Amy Searcy said the board would start mailing out absentee ballots on Aug. 6. The exception, under Ohio election law, will be absentee ballots for those overseas and those serving in the military. They will be mailed out this Saturday, Searcy said.

The in-person early voting at the board of elections will take place on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Searcy said there is a possibility that in-person early voting might take place on Saturday, Sept. 7, but said no decision has been made yet on that.

Absentee ballots must be returned to the board of elections by 7:30 p.m. on election day or postmarked no later than the day before the election and arrive at board offices no later than 10 days after the election.