(Posted April 24, 2020)
The Madison County Board of Elections released the following information regarding Election Day, April 28. For additional information, visit https://www.boe.ohio.gov/madison/.
No polling locations will be open on Election Day, April 28, 2020. All voters who wish to vote in the primary election must vote by absentee ballot. No in-person voting is allowed at the Madison County Board of Elections on April 28 except for the following two categories:
• A person who has a qualifying disability and who wishes to cast an absentee voter’s ballot using a direct recording electronic voting machine or marking device that is accessible for voters with disabilities, including non-visual accessibility for the blind and visually impaired, in a manner that provides the same opportunity for access and participation, including privacy and independence, as for other voters.
• An elector who is unable to receive mail at the place where the elector resides or at another location.
In order to comply with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s order for safe social distancing and other safety precautions, the following will be enforced at the Board of Elections for those voters who qualify under the above two categories:
1. All qualifying voters must wear a face covering in order to enter the office.
2. Only one person may accompany a voter that is in need of assistance. That assistant will not be eligible to vote in-person.
3. Due to space constraints, only one voter will be allowed to enter and vote at a time.
4. The line will form outside and when the current voter has completed voting, the staff will open the door for the next voter.
5. All qualified disabled voters must vote on the electronic voting machine. This process typically takes between 10 to 15 minutes per voter to vote. Therefore, the Board of Elections can only process four and six voters per hour.