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A Guide to Primary Voting in Ohio 2020

By Ed, Business & Investment Center librarian

Ohio is currently experiencing a once-in-a-century event that continues to affect every aspect of our daily lives. We are all still finding our footing in this temporary new normal; however, there are still moments of ‘business as usual’ and such is the case with primary voting. Here is what is happening and what you can do.

The March 17th primary will now be done solely through mail. 

If you voted early or if you already requested a ballot, there is nothing more that you need to do. If you planned to vote in person, then you’ll need to first request a ballot from you local Board of Elections.

There are three ways to get a ballot request form:


Call the Mahoning County Board of Elections at (330) 783-2474.

2.) BY MAIL:

If you would like to request a ballot through the mail you will need to print a ballot request form or, if you don’t have access to a printer, you can create your own (see Vote-by-Mail ad below).

grocery store vote by mail ad3.) AT THE GROCERY STORE:

Many of Ohio’s grocery stores will have vote-by-mail request forms available at their stores. ‪Keep an eye out for our signs when you’re getting food from your neighborhood grocery store.

Whether you print out or make your own form you will need to be sure to specify that it is for the 2020 Primary Election held on March 17, 2020. While the election did go before the courts a few times, it was determined by the state legislature and two judges that the voting period would be extended without moving the election date.

Remember: Voting is an important part of being a member of the community.

Ballot requests should be postmarked: 
Mahoning County Board of Elections
345  Oak Hill Ave. Suite 100
Youngstown, OH 44502



Ed Koltonski

Edward Koltonski is the Business & Investment Center librarian. To schedule an appointment, call 330-744-8636 or email the Business & Investment Center librarian at