Fulfill Your Civic Duty

At the YMCA, we are for Social Responsibility.  That's why we want to do everything we can to make sure everyone is able to make their voice heard at this year's primary election.  No matter what your party affiliation is, and no matter where you stand on the various issues, we want you to have every opportunity to cast your vote this spring.

Due to the quarantine, this year's Ohio primary election will be done by mail with limited exceptions.  The steps to participate in the election are below:

 

HOW TO VOTE IN OHIO'S PRIMARY ELECTION

Step 1)  Anyone wishing to vote who has not already done so must request an absentee ballot.  More information on how to request your ballot is below.

Step 2)  Your absentee ballot will be mailed to you along with a postage paid envelope.  Simply fill out the ballot and drop it in the mail.  In order to be counted, your ballot MUST be postmarked by April 27.  It may take a few days for your ballot to arrive once you request it, so please make your request as soon as possible.

 

HOW TO REQUEST YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT

There are a few ways to request your absentee ballot here in Ashtabula County.  Options are listed here:

You can download and print the ballot application form from the Board of Elections website, fill it out, and mail it to the Ashtabula County Board of Elections, at 8 West Walnut St, Jefferson, OH 44047.  Direct link to the form is https://www.boe.ohio.gov/comoh/Absentee_Request_11-A.pdf

You can call or email the Ashtabula County Board of Elections directly at 440-576-6915 or at ashtabul@ohiosos.gov.  Be sure to give your name, mailing address, contact information, and number of applications needed.  Ballot applications will then be mailed to you to fill out and mail back in.

The Ashtabula County Family YMCA is making absentee ballot applications available for pickup, along with stamped and addressed envelopes, at certain times throughout the week.  We understand that not everyone has access to a printer, envelope, and stamps.  So starting on Monday, April 6, voters can drive up to the Y between 11:00am and 12:30pm Monday through Friday and we will bring an application with a stamped and addressed envelope right to your car.  Simply fill out the application and drop it in the mail, and wait for the Board of Elections to send you your absentee ballot.  This option will be available through Friday, April 24, or until supplies run out.  We will also have applications available for pick up at Andover United Methodist Church from 11am to 2pm on Friday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 21.

 

Thank you to Painesville Publishing for generously donating all the envelopes for this project!  Anyone who would like to help can do so by donating stamps to the cause.  Stamps can be dropped off at the Y during the same hours envelopes are available.  If you would like to make a donation or pick up a ballot application and the available times don't work for you, please email us at info@ashtabulaymca.org and we will do our best to make alternate arrangements.