In-person absentee voting, also known as early voting, started Oct. 10. Early voting gives voters the opportunity to vote if in-person voting is not an option.

The information needed for early voting is one’s name, current residence address, birth date, Social Security number, signature and Ohio Driver’s License number or photo ID.

Early voting can be completed at the Board of Elections’ office. Voters will receive the early voting application, ballot and identification envelope. Voters can fill out ballots in voting booths at the Board of Elections’ office and then place them in the ballot box provided.

“It’s as easy as voting in the polls,” Penny Brooks, deputy director of the Athens County Board of Elections, said.

As an early voting incentive, Student Senate is giving away 15 insulated, reusable mugs. To win, OU voters must share a photo of themselves with an “I voted” sticker on social and then tag @ohiousenate for a chance to be considered.

The last date/time to early vote is Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.

“I’m just excited to vote for the first time,” Harper Justus, a freshman studying theater, said. “I’m also worried that I won’t have time on the actual Election Day with lines and all that.” 

Here are the days and times for early voting:

  • Oct.15-19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 22-26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Oct. 29-Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Nov. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. 
  • Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Election Day is Nov. 6 and anyone voting from an Ohio University address can complete their early voting at the Athens County Board of Elections’ office located at 15 S. Court St.