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Early voting set to begin for the 2024 Ohio primary election

Ohio Secretary of State, Press Release

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is announcing to voters that early voting starts Wednesday, Feb. 21 for the upcoming March primary election.

All registered voters may cast an early in-person ballot at their county board of elections starting Feb. 21. Ohioans can learn more about the early voting schedule and the hours of county board operations by clicking here.

Additionally, absentee ballots will be sent to those who have already requested one. Ohioans have utilized absentee voting for nearly two decades, and Ohio has put in place both laws and processes to keep absentee voting secure, including:

• Voter identification and signatures are checked TWICE by bipartisan teams at county boards of elections

• Voter list maintenance helps keep voter rolls accurate

• Ballot harvesting is against the law in Ohio, and potential violations are investigated

• Voters can track their ballot online at

"Ohio's bipartisan county boards of elections have spent months preparing to deliver another secure and accessible election. I am proud of their work and that our state continues to serve as the gold standard for elections," said Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. "Ohio makes voting easy and convenient. We also investigate fraud, maintain voter rolls, and take other commonsense steps to ensure Ohioans can be confident in the outcome of an election. I encourage every eligible voter to visit and make their plan to vote today."

To further enhance election security and guard against fraud, House Bill 458 was passed in December 2022 and requires voters to provide a government-issued photo identification when voting in person.

Valid IDs include:

• Ohio driver's license

• State of Ohio ID card

• Interim ID form issued by the Ohio BMV

• US passport

• US passport card

• US military ID card

• Ohio National Guard ID card

• US Department of Veterans Affairs ID card.

All photo IDs must have an expiration date that has not passed.

Ohio voters can do more than just vote on Election Day. By signing up to be a poll worker, you can ensure that your friends and neighbors can also make their voices heard and have a positive experience at the polls. Register today at your local county board of elections or by visiting


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